The Western Cape Health Department did 67 free surgeries for Mandela Day in 2017 and this year, to celebrate the centenary, they plan to do 100!
This year we are celebrating the Mandela Centenary, it would have marked his 100th birthday. To honour the late Tata Madiba, South Africans are pulling out all the stops for Mandela Day this year.
The Western Cape Health Department will be doing 100 operations to celebrate the 100th birthday of Madiba on the 18th of July. They plan to do the operations free of charge for the patients.
Last year the department made a contribution to Mandela day with 67 additional operations on cataract surgery and hip and knee replacements, free of charge to the patients. These surgeries were focused on the elderly patients.
Head of the Western Cape Department of Health Dr Beth Engelbrecht says the department would like to contribute to Madiba’s legacy even further this year.
“We are stretching our resources to find additional donors to do 100 operations to contribute to Madiba’s legacy.”
The hope is that with more donors coming forward, they will be able to do more than 100 surgeries and include ear and nose operations. The ear and nose operations will be done on children in need. To be a corporate donor, call 021 404 2002.
This is just the start of Mandela Day celebrations to come. Stay tuned as we share more over the coming month.