New health cen­tre for Port Nol­loth

Vuk'uzenzele - - Front Page - Jauhara Khan

The sea­side town of Port Nol­loth in the North­ern Cape will soon ben­e­fit from a full-ser­vice com­mu­nity health cen­tre pro­ject which prom­ises to en­hance ac­cess to qual­ity health­care.

The pro­ject is be­ing im­ple­mented by the In­de­pen­dent De­vel­op­ment Trust (IDT) on be­half of the North­ern Cape pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Health at a cost of about R150 mil­lion and is ex­pected to open soon.

Once com­pleted, the build­ing will com­prise all pri­mary health fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a trauma unit, ra­di­ol­ogy, dis­pen­sary, psy­chi­atric ward, ma­ter­nity wards and pae­di­atric wards. Consultation rooms will be used for re­pro­duc­tive health ser­vices, a psy­chol­o­gist, di­eti­cian and other ser­vices once con­structed.

Work on site also en­com­passes the con­struc­tion of fa­cil­i­ties for sup­port ser­vices in­clud­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion and wait­ing ar­eas, am­bu­lance quar­ters and park­ing bays, overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion for pae­di­atric moth­ers, a mor­tu­ary, kitchen and din­ing area, stores and main­te­nance area.

Port Nol­loth, lo­cated along the At­lantic Ocean, is one of the most re­mote ar­eas of South Africa with a pop­u­la­tion of just over 6 000. It is served by a small gov­ern­ment clinic that of­fers a com­mu­nity-ori­ented pri­mary health care pro­gramme that mon­i­tors and works to­wards the im­proved health and well-be­ing of fam­i­lies in that area.

The progress on the pro­ject is cur­rently at 70 per­cent. The con­trac­tor has been busy with in­stal­la­tion of roof­ing in some of the build­ings as well as in­ter­nal plas­ter­ing, paint­ing and ex­ter­nal work like paving, light­ing and park­ing ar­eas.

The pro­ject has cre­ated de­cent job op­por­tu­ni­ties with the ma­jor­ity of these jobs re­served for the lo­cal com­mu­nity. A lot of the work on site, such as glass fit­tings and cladding at the re­cep­tion and wait­ing ar­eas, were per­formed by lo­cal sub-con­trac­tors.

The IDT is an en­tity of the Na­tional Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and sup­ports all spheres of gov­ern­ment with so­cial in­fra­struc­ture man­age­ment and pro­gramme im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Con­struc­tion on a new com­mu­nity health cen­tre in Port Nol­loth in the North­ern Cape is al­most com­plete. The fa­cil­ity will soon of­fer the small town greater ac­cess to health­care ser­vices.

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