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Machel: Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital more than a building

The facility will treat children with special needs and it boasts 200 beds and 10 theatres at no cost to those who can't afford to pay.

Graca Machel. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel says the children's hospital named after him should not be seen only as a building, but a place that embodies the values of social justice and equity.

Machel has given the keynote address at the launch of the facility in Parktown that had been under construction since 2014.

The state-of-the-art hospital is the result of the late former president's dream of a society that cares for its children.

The facility will treat children with special needs and it boasts 200 beds and 10 theatres at no cost to those who can't afford to pay.

Machel says the healthcare centre is an expression of sharing.

“There is a commitment to be focused and making sure you don’t only have a building, but the values behind service and providing social justice.”

Machel says specialist doctors within the Southern African Development Community region will be trained at the hospital.

“The first step will be to bring in paediatricians and specialised nurses to be aligned on how to treat a child.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)