Gauteng Health embarks on second ‘surgical marathon’

Gauteng Health embarks on second ‘surgical marathon’

The Department of Health in Gauteng will on Tuesday perform more than 300 surgeries in 23 public hospitals across the province.

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This is the second round of a catch-up project dubbed a “surgical marathon” by the Gauteng department.

It follows the first “marathon” on Mandela Day when government and private medical practitioners partnered to perform 728 procedures. 

Spokesperson Motalatale Modiba said the department plans to hold the surgical marathons on a monthly basis.

"Over 300 surgical procedures including arthroplasty, inguinal hernia repair, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, replacement of obturator post-hemi maxillectomy, Varicocelectomy, Bartholin Cystectomy, umbical incisional hernia and scoliosis amongst others, will be carried out as part of the surgical marathon.

"The ability to perform these surgeries is an indication of the clinical capacity in terms of skills that are available in the department and also about restoring the dignity of the patients," Modiba added.


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