THERE is a glimmer of hope for Port Elizabeth's state- of-the-art haematology unit, which is finally treating patients – albeit only on an outpatient basis for now.
The R20-million Aloe Igazi Ward had been standing unused since May last year because of a crippling staff shortage.
But now three young men who were previously treated at the Provincial Hospital's old out-patient facility are being treated for leukaemia at the new facility on the hospital's seventh floor.
Dr Neil Littleton, who earlier this year threatened legal action against the Health Department for failing to staff the unit, said while having an operational out-patients was a step in the right direction, it was not enough.
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