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A mother's touch

The parents of critically sick or injured children at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital will now be able to keep a 24/7 vigil. Thanks to an upgraded and newly expanded facility launched this week, concerned parents can have a good night’s rest at the hospital, while keeping a close eye on their kids. The upgraded parents accommodation consists of 18 bedrooms and two ablution facilities in addition to a communal venue for parents of long-stay patients as well as day visitors.  Although parent accommodation has been available, the number of beds for mums and dads has now been doubled to 80, at a cost of R7.2 million. Prof.  Nomafrench Mbombo, Western Cape MEC for Health who attended the opening, says the facility is aligned with the belief that there is more to healing children than medication and treatment: “More often a mother’s touch is just what the doctor ordered.”


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