Over 200 fam­i­lies get ac­cess to health

Vuk'uzenzele - - Localggeonveerranlment - Jessie Singh

THE ETHEK­WINI Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is en­sur­ing that the city’s poor have ac­cess to health­care.

To en­sure that home­less peo­ple in eThek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity have ac­cess to health­care ser­vices, a ship­ping con­tainer has been trans­formed into a four-room clinic at the Dal­ton Beer Hall. the Beer Hall and will of­fer ba­sic health­care, tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and HIV sup­port.

Speak­ing at the launch of the Usizo Lwethu Clinic and Drop-in Cen­tre re­cently, South Dur­ban Basin Area-Based Man­age­ment senior man­ager Eu­rakha Singh said that two years of strate­gic plan­ning to ad­dress health is­sues and so­cial chal­lenges in the area were be­gin­ning to bear fruit.

“This is a great ex­am­ple of a work­ing part­ner­ship be­tween the city and the non-profit sec­tor,” said Singh.

The con­tainer and con­ver­sion costs were spon­sored by lo­cal busi­ness, Con­tainer World. Its do­na­tion means that peo­ple can be treated in a clean, safe and pri­vate en­vi­ron­ment.

Med­i­cal Stu­dents from the Univer­sity of KwaZulu-Natal School of Medicine will be join­ing forces with clinic staff to pro­vide daily health­care ser­vices.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity has pro­vided fenc­ing and tem­po­rary toi­lets. It has also com­mit­ted to re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing the aban­doned toi­let fa­cil­i­ties and cre­at­ing a drop-in cen­tre for so­cial ser­vices which will be run by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s Safer Cities Unit. Um­bilo Busi­ness Fo­rum has com­mit­ted to con­vert­ing plots of va­cant land sur­round­ing the area into a veg­etable gar­den.

Ward coun­cil­lor Mpumelelo Zuma said the clinic will bring pos­i­tive change to the com­mu­nity and urged other busi­nesses and NGOs to join forces with the city to help re­store the area to its for­mer glory.

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