Two new clin­ics opened

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KZN Health MEC, Dr Si­bongiseni Dhlomo, of­fi­cially opened the Om­bim­bini and KaHhem­lana clin­ics in Ulundi last week.

The clin­ics were con­structed at a cost of R17.5-mil­lion and R16.7 mil­lion re­spec­tively.

‘The clin­ics will be open five days a week for eight hours each day, and nurses are on call for all emer­gen­cies,’ Dhlomo said.

‘We urge com­mu­ni­ties to make use of the ser­vices, even if it is just for check-up pur­poses.’

Dhlomo said the fa­cil­i­ties are equipped with user-friendly youth ser­vices.

‘From 3pm to 4pm young girls and boys can visit the clinic and con­sult a nurse who is friendly, un­der­stand­ing and ready to pro­vide ad­vice on any as­pect.’

Dhlomo ex­pressed con­cern about the low sta­tis­tics re­lat­ing to child im­mu­ni­sa­tions in the area and the high rate of teenage preg­nancy.

He urged moth­ers to en­sure that their ba­bies are im­mu­nised ac­cord­ing to sched­ule.

‘Chil­dren un­der the age of 18 should not fall preg­nant. While we urge them to ab­stain, those who can­not are of­fered con­tra­cep­tives free of charge.’.

MEC Dhlomo fur­ther re­as­sured the pub­lic that con­trary to spec­u­la­tion, the nearby Thu­la­sizwe Hos­pi­tal would not be closed.

‘We want to give our as­sur­ance that it is not in our plans to close that hos­pi­tal, or re­move ser­vices.

We can’t do that be­cause just last week we an­nounced our tak­ing over of the Siloah Lutheran Hos­pi­tal just 30km away from here.

‘Why would we be tak­ing over a hos­pi­tal that was about to close, and then close down a fa­cil­ity that the com­mu­nity needs?’

The newly opened KaHhem­lana Clinic

The Om­bim­bini Clinic in Ulundi

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