KZN districts receive 17 new mobile clinics for remote communities

2012-03-16 00:00

NEW mobile clinics unveiled by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health will ensure that health services are available in even the most remote places in the province.

So said Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo during the handover of 17 new vehicles to the district managers at Grey’s Hospital yesterday.

Each district in the province is to receive two vehicles expect for the eThekwini Municipality, which will receive three.

The mobile clinics will serve patients in rural and remote areas where the department cannot afford to build clinics.

They will also be used in small, isolated areas where the size of the population does not warrant the building of a clinic.

Each of the mobile clinics has two compartments, ensuring the privacy of each patient. “It is like having two consulting rooms in one car,” Dhlomo said.

They are also fitted with a 12-volt refrigerator for the storage of vaccines and a microwave oven.

Dhlomo said that the clinics would help to pilot the aims of the National Health Insurance.

“Ten districts around the country have been chosen by the minister [Aaron Motsoaledi] to pilot NHI, two of which are in KZN,” Dhlomo said.

“Due to the size of our population we have major challenges affecting the province.”

The minister would make an announcement about the chosen districts next week, he said.

The MEC handed the keys of the 17 vehicles to each of the district managers who were present.

The district manager for uMgungundlovu, May Zuma-Mkhonza, said the new vehicles “will help up improve primary health care at a community level” and strengthen preventative health around the district.

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