Kuyasa CDC is operating as usual

2020-01-30 06:00
Kuyasa Community Day Centre is operating after services were suspended following the break-in where criminals stole some of the equipment and damaged the building. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Kuyasa Community Day Centre is operating after services were suspended following the break-in where criminals stole some of the equipment and damaged the building. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Kuyasa Community Day Centre (CDC) in Khayelitsha reopened after services were suspended following a break-in at the the beginning of the year (“Vandals wreak havoc” City Vision January 16). The criminals took eight computers and the network and uninterrupted power supply (UPS) cabinet and building were damaged.

Residents described the reopening of the clinic as a relief as they were struggling to get professional help and medication.

One of the residents who named herself as Ndlangisa (63), from Kuyasa, said he missed his appointment with his doctor because of the closure of the clinic.

“I have back pain and high blood pressure. On Thursday 9 January I was supposed to see my doctor but I couldn’t because the clinic was closed,” said Ndlangisa. He described the clinic as helpful to the community.

Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien said they reopened the clinic for emergencies and to supply tuberculosis (TB) and antiretroviral (ARV) medication the second day after the burglary. A progressive number of services were added every day.

He said the clinic is now fully operational and the City is currently looking into the matter of replacing the computers.

However, he said the delays in finding folders, receiving laboratory results and the disruption of the appointment system has increased the time taken by staff to see patients and the overall waiting times for clients.

“The loss of eight computers, fixing the gates, doors, alarm system and replacing broken glass is estimated at close to R150 000,” he said.

Badroodien emphasised that the clinic has two security guards employed during the day and another two at night. He added that there is also a palisade fencing with barbed wire, security gates and an alarm system.

However, he stated that they need residents to help the City against these unashamed criminals by looking after public service assets.

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