Vandals wreak havoc

2020-01-16 06:00
The Kuyasa CDC has been closed until further notice after a break-in on Wednesday 8 January. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

The Kuyasa CDC has been closed until further notice after a break-in on Wednesday 8 January. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Rendering of health services has been halted in Kuyasa and the surrounding communities following a break-in at the local clinic.

At least eight computers with vital information were stolen when thieves broke into the Kuyasa Community Day Centre (CDC) on Wednesday 8 January. The premises were also damaged, putting at risk the lives of hundreds of patients who use the facility daily.

Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien said the computers were delivered to the clinic in December. He said the network and uninterrupted power supply (UPS) cabinet was also vandalised. “There was also damage to the building. This incident is a significant setback for health service in the area,” said Badroodien. The facility remains closed while police investigation is ongoing

The CDC sees on average 400 patients daily and treats approximately 500 patients for tuberculosis (TB) each year, Badroodien said. In addition, close to 5 000 people get their anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment at the facility.

Among others, the facility caters for the community of Monwabisi Park, Nkanini, Zwelitsha and Harare, with an estimated population of almost 150 000 people.

“These are mostly informal and impoverished areas with a high unemployment rate and a very high burden of disease where people depend on the public health services provided at Kuyasa CDC,” he said.

The break-in has been severely condemned by the Khayelitsha Health Forum (KHF).

Tamara Sam, KHF secretary, urged the residents to unite and fight against crime in their communities. Sam described the break-in as a setback for the community.

Sam stated that it is not the first time Kuyasa CDC is targeted.

“Last year a similar incident happened. The City needs to tighten up security to look after all the clinics in Khayelitsha. The City hired security to work during the day only and there is no one looking after our facilities at night and criminals are taking the advantage,” said Sam. She called on all the stakeholders to come up with a plan. “The people who are vandalising and stealing in our communities are our brothers and sisters. We need to work together and report whatever wrongdoing that is happening in our communities to the police,” she urged.

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