Public Health Clinic established after UPL spill

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The UPL chemical plant in Cornubia, Durban was set alight during the July unrest.
The UPL chemical plant in Cornubia, Durban was set alight during the July unrest.
Thabiso Goba

An occupational health clinic to monitor public health following the UPL fire incident during the July riots is set to open on December 18 at the uMdloti Clinic.

This clinic was established as per a directive issued by the provincial government to UPL to provide an occupational health facility to deal with health impacts caused by the incident which released toxic fumes into the environment.

The operation of the facility is fully funded by UPL but it is overseen by the eThekwini Municipality and the Department of Health. It will be available for as long as it is required by impacted communities.

eThekwini Municipality’s Spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela said the City has provided UPL with a facility at the uMdloti Clinic to provide health services to affected communities.

He said it will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7.30 am to 4 pm and on Saturdays from 8 am to 12 pm. These days will be solely for the screening and monitoring of health issues relating to the UPL fire.

“It is important to note that this clinic will not be issuing any medication. Escalation facilities for specialist referrals will be available if required,” said Mayisela.

He said the new service will not impact on the current primary health service offered at the uMdloti Clinic by the Health Unit every alternate Thursday.

Mayisela said transport to the uMdloti Clinic will also be arranged at specific times for residents of the Blackburn community. If required, transport will be arranged for other needy communities impacted by the UPL fire.

Heath Unit complaints line: 031 311 3555.

Clinic contact number: 081 031 3877 (available from December 18).

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