Clinic

Mashaba keeps his promises of extending clinics operating hours

Nie Cele

 

Believe it or not! Five more clinics in Johannesburg will soon operate from 7am till 10pm on weekdays and from 7am to 1pm on weekends and public holidays.

This was revealed by the executive mayor of Joburg, Herman Mashaba, during his state of the city address.

Labelling this announcement ninth under his party’s ten priorities for the city.

The mayor said, a great city must also provide its residents with access to quality healthcare.

He also cited that this follows the resounding success of Extended Hours Pilot Project at the Princess Clinic in Roodepoort in October 2016.

 

“When we entered office, all the City’s 81 clinics only operated from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. This was wholly inadequate to deal with the serious health problems our communities are facing.

Mashaba also disclosed that his administration has allocated R4.3 million in their adjustment budget to extend the operating hours of an additional five clinics.

“Effective from the 1 st of April 2017, the City has rolled out extended operating hours at the following clinics:  Freedom Park;·  Hikensile;·  Randburg;·  Zandspruit;·  And Albert Street in the inner city.· These clinics are now open from 7am to 10pm on weekdays and from 7:30am to 1pm on weekends and Public Holidays.”

“ It also gives me great joy to announce that we will be allocating funding in our 2017/18 budget to extent operating hours at even more clinics across our city. This project has the potential to transform access to health care in Johannesburg, especially to our poorest residents. A proper functioning health care system is vital to us achieving our economic growth targets because a healthy city is a working city,” Mashaba said.”

Did you know?

  • According to the City, From November 2016 through to February 2017, a total of 10,791 patients visited the Princess Clinic.
  • Almost 3000 of those patients were seen during the extended hours.

 

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