R8 billion spent on hospital upgrades

The Western Cape Health Department is spending up to R8 billion on health facility upgrades.

Western Cape Health MEC Theuns Botha addresses the media on 21 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Department of Health on Monday said it will spend approximately R8 billion on upgrades over the next four years.

It re-opened the Infectious Diseases Clinic in Heideveld on Monday after more than a R1 million makeover.

It is the latest in a string of upgrades completed this year alone. Around 35, 000 people are said to use this clinic.

The department said there are 160 upgrade projects underway across the province.

Earlier this year, the new Khayelitsha hospital opened its doors.

A new hospital in Mitchells Plain is nearing completion.

But Western Cape Health MEC Theuns Botha said the biggest project is the R4 billion upgrade of Tygerberg Hospital, which is said to be completed by 2019.

"We're fortunate enough to say that we can are able to spend our money much more effectively and we're also able to get these projects done more accurately."

The GF Jooste and Valkenberg hospitals will also undergo facelifts.

Meanwhile, several new ambulance stations have been opened in the last three months.