Call to address health issues at clinic

2018-09-18 06:00

The Hout Bay Residents’ Civic Association wants an explanation of the recent allegations by the Western Cape Department of Health about safety at the Hout Bay Community Day Centre (CDC).

This was revealed by the secretary of the association, Roscoe Jacobs, prior to the reopening of the CDC on Monday 10 September, after being closed for a week following the tense situation that resulted from the violent protests in the area

He says they want the MEC for health, Nomafrench Mbombo, to address the health issues the community of Hout Bay faces in the CDC.

Jacobs says they expected to meet with Mbombo on Monday after sending her a letter of request but she was not available and they requested another meeting with her, to which they had not yet received a response at the time of speaking to People’s Post.

Spokesperson for the provincial health department, Monique Johnstone, confirmed that services resumed on Monday 10 September.

Johnstone says discussions with the various structures will continue to enable a safe environment for both patients and staff.

She confirms that due to the unpredictable and volatile situation in the area, a decision was taken to ensure the safety of the employees at the facility and the patients accessing healthcare services.

Johnstone says the department deployed the Hout Bay CDC staff members to Hout Bay Main Road Clinic and to other healthcare centres in the southern and western areas until the situation in Hout Bay could be managed.

Community members accessing services at the facility were encouraged to utilise healthcare services at the Retreat Community Health Centre (CHC), Hout Bay Main Road Clinic and Lady Michaelis CDC, and for emergencies, EMS would transport patients to Victoria Hospital or Retreat CHC Emergency Centre.

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