No cash for mobile clinic

2015-11-03 06:00

The deteriorating Red Hill clinic may be replaced by a new mobile healthcare unit, but only if funding can be found for the project.

The community is in need of a new facility due to the current clinic’s state of disrepair, says ward councillor Simon Liell-Cock.

The toilets have been vandalised and the clinic looks dilapidated, he explains.

Community member Luyanda Lombo says the roof leaks. There is not enough security around the property and the yard is open.

In addition, the facility is very small, which forces community members to wait outside, which is a concern during cold winter months.

Liell-Cock hoped that a mobile unit would be installed, which could later be moved to a planned housing development in Dido Valley.

But after lobbying for a new clinic for more than a year, no funding is available for a mobile healthcare facility.

Siyabulela Mamkeli, mayoral committee member for health, says a provisional cost on the temporary structure alone was R350 000. Additional costs such as a link to the electricity and water supplies, as well as perimeter fencing and security, are not included in this estimation.

Repairs are currently carried out as needed at the clinic. Painting was done recently.

The proposed mobile clinic may be moved to a new site, following safety concerns at the currently clinic, explains Liell-Cock.

This after the staff were unable to leave the facility safely during a protest last year.

The possible new site is on land reserved and used by Sanparks, says Mamkeli, which is currently used as a depot site.

“The new site is outside the informal settlement and it would be enclosed with palisade fencing. Staff members would also have access to mobile panic buttons and metal whistles,” he says.

However, Lombo believes the proposed site is too far, making it difficult to reach on foot.

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