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Success stories - newborn care and Medical Male Circumcision


Siyamthanda Zulu, baby of Nonhlanhla weighed 900g at birth; too small to be accepted by the Rob Ferreira and Themba Hospital nurseries. She named the baby Siyamthanda and never gave up hope that despite the odds, her baby would survive. Dr Mamba noticed that Siyamthanda was pale and ordered blood tests. “Dr Spies visited from Themba and advised us to do an ultra sound at Rob Ferreira as the heart sounded as if there may be a hole in the middle wall”. Siyamthanda stopped breathing during the ultra sound but was given oxygen and blood at the Rob Ferreira nursery. We applaud their skill and dedication to save a life so small.


Siyamthanda returned to the KMC unit at Tonga to gain enough weight to be discharged. Nonhlanhla allowed us to take their picture when she came to show us how much he had grown. Thanks to our Almighty God and to the excellent team work of all those involved. We were looking forward to have a well equipped nursery to look after sick newborn babies and these precious premature ones, concluded Dr Rogers of Tonga Hospital on behalf of the team involved. After a couple of months Nonhlanhla came back to Tonga Hospital and allowed the communication team to take pictures of the baby. The baby was checked to see how much he weighs after he was discharged; Siyamthanda weighed 3.2 Kg which was something great and wonderful. Tonga management want to give a big thank to the team involved in assisting and ensuring that the baby survived this nightmare and again "Thank the Almighty".

The Neonatal Unit was opened at Tonga Hospital opposite our labour ward on 10 May 2011.  It has 1 room with 7 incubators and a CPAP machine. We deliver health care to the sick or small new borns. There are a number of services rendered in the ward. We deliver plus minus 340-400 babies per month. There are babies born with various problems e.g. breathing problems, low sugar level, low Apgar score, babies born with abnormalities, and other health related problems.    

Previously we had only one room with 4 beds and 3 incubators to cater for small or sick babies (ward 5), we still use this room for Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC).

We are visited every 3 weeks by Dr Darry Spies from Themba Hospital. He is a paediatrician who does outreach to Tonga, Sabie and Matikwana Hospitals. Discovery Foundation donated the equipment for the neonatal unit worth R250 000.        

Kangaroo Mother Care– is where a mother places her preterm baby on her chest throughout the day and night to keep her baby warm and to promote breast feeding.

CPAP– Is a machine that is designed to help small baby’s breathe if they are born with breathing problems.

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Following the motto that says `Siyanakekela`, the Department of Health and the Right to care Organisation has opened a Medical Male Circumcision ward at Tonga Hospital in Ward 1 on the 18th of October 2010. The main aim of MMC is to reduce the risk of HIV/Aids and to reduce STI transmission by 60%. The targeted population are men at all ages; by 2015 they must have circumcised at least 28 million men in South Africa because statistics are showing that South Africa has a high rate of HIV and of uncircumcised men.


The hospitals pledge statement says “We solemnly commit ourselves to service of Nkomazi Community and will Endeavour to practice our profession with respect and dignity”, indeed they are delivering this service at Ward 1 which is the service of circumcising men. The ward consists of 6 staff members including the Clinician by the name of Mr HI Kachinda who is a Clinical Associate who along with Dr Uweri, Dr Rogers and Sr Eunice Luhlanga and Mr Lukhele all attended the training course at Orange Farm south of Johannesburg.  Bookings are made at the ward or your clinics; you open a file the day before the circumcision because there are tests to be conducted before the circumcision.


Circumcised men have the following benefits: the foreskin has been removed completely under medical conditions from the head of the penis; it is easier to keep clean, and the cells that attract HIV have been removed. There is less risk of tearing the foreskin during sex and this also decreases the chance of aquiring HIV.


Lower the risk of Cervical Cancer to your partner...  It is proven that partners of circumcised men have much lower incidence of cervical cancer as they are less often infected with an infection called HPV - Human Papilloma Virus.  This virus causes warts/cornflower which also leads to cancer of the penis.

Being circumcised doesn’t necessarily mean you can stop using a condom; a condom must be used all the time for the protection of you and your partner. The MMC is calling all men, BE A MAN, BE PROUD OF YOURSELF. GET CIRCUMCISED NOW TO REDUCE THE RISK OF HIV INFECTION AND COMPLETELY STOP THE SEXUAL TRANSMITTED INFECTION (STIS) DON`T` BE SHY DON’T BE AFRAID AND IT’S FOR FREE


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