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Nelson Mandela’s Dream of a Hospital to provide Specialized Care for Children opens in Johannesburg

The 200-bed Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital cost $70 million to build

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The main entrance the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Nelson Mandela's dream of a hospital to provide specialized care for children has opened in Johannesburg on Friday. VOA
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Nelson Mandela’s dream of a hospital to provide specialised care for children has opened in Johannesburg on Friday.

The 200-bed Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital cost $70 million to build. It was conceived by Mandela more than a decade ago, will employ 150 paediatric doctors and 450 nurses.

“There are only four other hospitals in Africa to serve nearly 450 million children,” said Sibongile Mkhabela, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust. “Millions of these children suffer from life-threatening illnesses and have little or no chance of receiving the care they need.”

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Mandela’s “love for children was deep,” Mkhabela said. “When you brought a child in to the room, his eyes lit up. This hospital will be part of his legacy.”

The hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and will provide child-centered treatment for cancer, kidney, brain, lung and heart ailments. Video equipment has been installed in the operating rooms to send live broadcasts of surgeries to educate doctors in remote areas across southern Africa.

Corridors and walls in the wards have been painted with murals of African folklore and children playing. The landscaping around the hospital aims to promote nature and play.

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The poor will not have to pay for treatments, according to the hospital trust. Construction of the hospital was funded largely through donations from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Kellogg Foundation, said the trust. Specialist doctors from Canada’s Hospital for Sick Children and Johns Hopkins Medicine International in the U.S. will be among those working at the hospital.

The hospital will be South Africa’s second for children after the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. There are also two children’s hospitals in Egypt and one in Kenya.

Mandela, who became South Africa’s first black president in 1994, died at the age of 95 on December 5, 2013. (VOA)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Pichai met with senior Republicans on Friday to discuss their concerns, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said. Wikimedia Commons

Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?