New clinic brings re­lief

Vuk'uzenzele - - Health - Nonku­l­uleko Mathe­bula

A NEWLY-BUILT clinic in Soshanguve is ex­pected to pro­vide health ser­vices to an in­creased num­ber of pa­tients.

Gaut­eng Health MEC, Dr Gwen Ramok­gopa, and City of Tsh­wane Mayor, Solly Msi­manga, of­fi­cially opened the newly-built Soshanguve Block JJ Clinic in Tsh­wane re­cently.

The clinic, which is ex­pected to im­prove health care ser­vices in the area, is sit­u­ated in ward 11.

The R29 mil­lion state-ofthe-art clinic boasts nurses, doc­tors, psy­chol­o­gists and ther­a­pists, among other pro­fes­sion­als. The clinic is also spa­cious and user-friendly, par­tic­u­larly for the el­derly and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

Speak­ing at the launch of the clinic, MEC Ramok­gopa said that the clinic re­places the smaller tem­po­rary struc­tures which were pre­vi­ously used to pro­vide pri­mary health care.

“We are proud to be un­veil­ing this fa­cil­ity in this par­tic­u­lar re­gion and we hope that it will help ease the pres­sures of long queues for pa­tients seek­ing health care ser­vices.

“We be­lieve that the clinic will of­fer bet­ter health care for pa­tients and I want to thank the staff for pro­vid­ing qual­ity health ser­vices to the peo­ple at the old clinic, de­spite the dif­fi­cult con­di­tions faced,” she said. A num­ber of job op­por­tu­ni­ties were cre­ated for lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers dur­ing the build­ing phase.

Mayor Msi­manga said the fa­cil­ity should be cel­e­brated as it will give peo­ple dig­nity.

“This has been a very long jour­ney; we would like to thank ev­ery­one who was in­volved with this project. I would like to say to the peo­ple of Block JJ, do not de­stroy what you have in pur­suit of other things you want.

“We are hop­ing that what started at the con­tain­ers will be dou­bled in the for­malised fa­cil­ity we now have,” said Msi­manga.

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