Imizamo Yethu on the fence about new clinic

2015-05-06 09:30

There were mixed reactions at a public meeting in Imizamo Yethu last weekend when the proposed development of a new health clinic was discussed.

Provincial health minister Dr Nomafrench Mbombo called the meeting to find out if the community wanted the clinic and where it should be located if it is decided that it will be built.

“If the community does not want the clinic, then the money which would have been used to construct it, will be used for something else,” she said at the meeting.

Mbombo said the plan was to replace the two day clinics in Hout Bay.

People’s Post earlier reported that a new state-of-the-art health facility was set to bring “quality healthcare” to Hout Bay (“Search on for ‘suitable’ site”, 17 February). Once installed, the facility will service the entire Hout Bay valley, including Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg.

One resident at the meeting said he felt that another clinic would not be needed if the living conditions of the residents in the informal settlement were addressed.

“We need proper housing, and ablution facilities, we need better roads and infrastructure. Perhaps this would decrease the number of people visiting the clinic at the moment, because they would be living better,” he said.

Another resident said he was all for the new facility, but he was concerned about the distance to walk there.

“I do think that we need a bigger and better clinic and a clinic with more services for the whole of Hout Bay, but we have to consider the distance we would have to travel to get there, especially for the elderly,” she said.

The department has previously promised to ensure that the location of the new clinic would allow for easy access by foot and public transport.

“The facility will provide a comprehensive range of healthcare services as required by the patients in the Hout Bay community, all living within a 5km radius,” Mbombo said in a statement earlier.

The department had considered more than 11 sites which “proved to be unsuitable” and had then chosen Hout Bay Common. This location was then proposed for public discussion.

As previously reported, Len Swimmer, chairperson of the Hout Bay Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association, says the Association does not want it to be constructed there.

The health department had a meeting with the residents of Hangberg over the weekend and the last meeting will take place with the Association

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