Baby delivery all in day's work for MEC
MPUMALANGA MEC for health and social development Clifford Mkansi, who is a medical doctor, delivered a healthy baby girl at the Tonga Hospital, in Komatipoort, as part of the Mandela Day celebrations.
Surprise Cossa was born of 16-year-old Zandile Magagula just after 1pm.
Mkansi also attended to patients in the casualty section of the hospital.
Mkansi, who has 23 years experience as a doctor, said he was happy to have dedicated 67 minutes to help out at the hospital.
"This is refreshing. I remember everything (a doctor has to do). There are some things you cannot forget.
"I am happy for the little contribution I made to make a difference," Mkansi said.
He said when the department did an audit in February it found that the province had a 81% shortage of doctors.
There was also a 56% shortage of nurses.
"We have since hired about 500 doctors and nurses. The biggest problem in our hospitals is the attitude of nurses and doctors. Health workers need to care for patients, despite the pressure and stress (they face everyday)," Mkansi said.
Earlier, Mkansi donated blankets to the needy and helped clean the Mananga Early Childhood Development Centre.
MEC for education Reginah Mhaule, executive mayor of Bushbuckridge municipality Renias Khumalo, and Miss Mpumalanga Lungile Libambo visited Madiba Secondary School in Hazyview.
Communications Minister Dina Pule and Mpumalanga department of economic development, environment and tourism MEC Norman Mokoena cooked for patients at Witbank Hospital.
They also helped clean and renovate and upgrade the children's ward and library. - firstname.lastname@example.org