North West Province took delivery of its first Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine, making long trips to neighbouring provinces thing of the past.
The North West Health Department officially opened the MRI Unit on 14th June 2013 at Tshepong Hospital Complex in Dr Kenneth Kaunda District. It is the first of it’s kind in the North West public sector.
Health MEC Magoma Masike said unlike in the past, patients will now be diagnosed earlier and unlikely to be placed on long waiting lists.
This MRI unit will enable health professionals to detect diseases or abnormalities earlier than ever before. Tumors could be identified before they become malignant and injuries related to the orthopaedics and other soft tissue injuries can be dealt with much sooner.
Patient Patrict Matladi from Extension 10 in Jouberton welcomed the announcement: “This comes at the right time as this district is piloting NHI, it ends years of travelling for us as we could only access the services at Gauteng as the private sector is too expensive. This is the good news for the entire province.”
Tshepong Hospital Complex is designated as a provincial tertiary hospital and the National Department of Health allocated R20-million via a conditional grant to establish the unit.