FAITH BODY SLAMS MOBILE CLINIC SERVICES
THE KwaZuluNatal Department of Health’s management of mobile clinics has come under fire for being “dysfunctional and ineffective”.
The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has written to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) asking it to investigate “rights violations and deprivation of mobile clinic services” in KZN, Limpopo and the North West. The organisation said rural communities in these provinces were being poorly serviced by mobile health clinics. The SACBC alleged that the mobile clinics lacked the capacity to meet the demands of communities and some were situated in areas that were difficult for patients to access.
It said the clinics closed for months during rainy seasons, making it difficult for patients to gain access to them. It also asked the SAHRC to look into the quality of services at mobile clinics, accessibility, budget allocations and planning.
The SACBC’s Bishop Abel Gabuza told The Witness that the organisation had heard about these problems via communitybased groups.
He said it had sent a letter to the SAHRC about two weeks ago.
The KZN Department of Health did not respond to a query yesterday.