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South Africa: New Clinic Opened its Doors in Thembalethu - George
Source: Issued by: Western Cape Health
Source Date: Friday, February 14, 2014
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Feb 14, 2014

Western Cape Health Minister, Theuns Botha said: “Congratulations to the people of Thembalethu on this new clinic. In partnership with all the partners I am sure that the facility will provide quality health services. Every new facility means that we are bringing improved service delivery and redressing the imbalances of the past. That is true progress and development.”
Planning for the new clinic was initiated through discussions between the Isisombululo Programme, Western Cape Government Health and the George Municipality more than three years ago. It had been determined that there was a vital need for an additional health facility in Thembalethu, given that currently there is only one day hospital serving a community of more than 50 000 people.

Land was identified and approval granted from the George Municipality for the construction of the facility in Thembalethu. Consultations with the local community were on-going and support from all the role-players was sought. After an extensive planning and approval process, construction of the clinic began in May of 2013.

Through the active support of the Department of Public Works, the construction team made up of Semper Prima Builders and various technical professionals were able to finish the building project in just 6 months.
Community members were lined up early on Wednesday to be the first to see and utilize the new facility. Twenty-three-year-old Nosipho Mankeaya and her daughter Awake were the first clients to visit the clinic for a routine check-up. “I am extremely happy that I don’t have to wake up so early to attend the clinic. It is much closer to where I live than the other clinic”, she said.
The building was designed to be inviting and colourful so that patients feel uplifted and happy to use the health services offered at the site. The clinic is nurse-managed and is open week-days from 7h30 to 16h30.

The Kuyasa Clinic construction project represents a unique partnership between funders, academia, local and provincial government, and the community of Thembalethu in order to provide a first rate health facility for a community in a previously disadvantaged area.

The community of the Thembalethu is grateful to the Hasso Plattner Foundation for its funding and continued commitment to the betterment of health and social services in the Eden District. An official opening will be held later this year.
Media enquiries:
Brett Utian
Programme Manager: Isisombululo Programme
Email: brett.utian@uct.ac.za
Nadia Ferreira
Principal Communications Officer
Eden and Central Karoo Districts
Email: Nadia.Ferreira@westerncape.gov.za
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