Joza Clinic now open on week­ends

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By SUE MACLEN­NAN

From 1 Oc­to­ber 2018, the Joza Clinic has ex­tended its open­ing hours. As well as Mon­day to Fri­day, the clinic will now be open on Satur­days, Sun­days and pub­lic hol­i­days, 8am to 4.30pm, Ward 2 coun­cil­lor Ramie Xonxa said ne­go­ti­a­tions with the De­part­ment of Health over sev­eral months had fol­lowed a plea from the clinic com­mit­tee on be­half of the pub­lic for eas­ier ac­cess to med­i­cal help over the week­ends.

“Re­search at the [Cob­den Street] Day Hos­pi­tal showed that most peo­ple go­ing there dur­ing the week­ends are from Joza,” Xonxa told Gro­cott’s Mail. “At a re­turn fare cost of R20, many peo­ple sim­ply can’t af­ford to get the help they need.”

Makana clin­ics su­per­vi­sor Mar­i­lyn Hay­wood said over the week­end ser­vices would be lim­ited. T

he week­end fa­cil­ity was not in­tended for rou­tine chronic pa­tient check­ups and the dis­pen­sary would be closed, but there would be a ba­sic medicine trol­ley for mi­nor ail­ments and in­juries.

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