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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.

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