Red Cross paediatric ward gets facelift

The recovery time of young patients at the Red Cross Children's Hospital is expected to speed up.

Red Cross Children's Hospital’s Ward B1 has received a R13 million make-over. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The recovery time of young patients at the Red Cross Children's Hospital is expected to speed up by the upgrade of the paediatric ward.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Ward B1 received a R13 million makeover.

The unit caters for children younger than two, who have been diagnosed with HIV/Aids and TB.

Head of the pediatric ward Professor Brian Ely said the improved section will allow them to control the spread of airborne infections more effectively.

He admits that it was a challenge in the past, but now a special air purifier was installed.

New windows also allow more light into the rooms.

Each ward was fitted with a television and new play areas were created.

Ely said these measures contribute to the child's speedy recovery.

Over 1,000 children are admitted to the ward annually and more than 250 of them are HIV positive.