Health clinic to serve 80 000

2019-10-01 06:00
The new Pelican Park Community Day Clinic opened its doors to the community on Wednesday 25 September.PHOTO: benita jaftha

The new Pelican Park Community Day Clinic opened its doors to the community on Wednesday 25 September.PHOTO: benita jaftha

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Pelican Park’s Community Day Centre (CDC) was officially opened on Wednesday 25 September by the City.

According to a press release, Pelican Park’s CDC is the biggest project yet undertaken by City health. It will provide comprehensive primary health care services to several communities, including Pelican Park, Eagle Park, New Horizon and Lotus River. The centre is expected to be of service to nearly 80 000 people.

“The opening of this clinic today is another indication that the City of Cape Town remains committed to providing quality services to residents who can now seek a wide range of medical services from the fully-fledged clinic,” says executive mayor Dan Plato.

According to Plato, the City saw a need for a larger facility to cater to health care, as well as to foster inclusivity within the community.

“We hope residents will make full use of the facility as well as help us to protect it from vandalism,” Plato says.

“It also represents a partnership with the community as they were involved in the artwork, sculptures and murals that are displayed in the building.”

City health started offering services to the Pelican Park community in 2012 through a satellite facility operated from Lotus River Clinic’s premises after the clinic closed due to ongoing vandalism.

Some of the health services offered at CDC include child health services, women’s health services, men’s health services, tuberculosis (TB) testing and treatment, HIV counselling and testing, services to persons over 60 years, as well as substance abuse counselling and referral for treatment by appointment.

CDC also offers youth-friendly health services from Monday to Friday between 14:00 to 16:00.

Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien says: “As part of the City’s enhancement of primary health care, we have launched an IT modernisation project, and introduced an electronic appointment system at some City health facilities.”

According to Badroodien, the purpose of the appointment system is to reduce long queues and waiting times at clinics.

“I am glad to announce that the Pelican Park CDC is one such site,” he says.

He appeals to the community to use the appointment system.

Pelican Park residents welcome the clinic, saying it will cut travel costs.

Community member Fowzeyah De Beer says: “We will save a lot of money on taxis.” “It will help all of those who live here because all the people had to go to Lotus River, Grassy Park and Retreat (to access health care).”

De Beer says the opening of the day centre represents one promise kept by the City, but remembers many others.

“They told us we would have a soccer field, schools, a community hall, a police station, and a clinic,” said De Beer.

“The clinic is done, but we can’t let our children play in the streets – which are also too narrow.”

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