For Immediate Release
22 September 2017
Community Services Committee Decisions
In response to healthcare needs of Cornubia residents, the Community Services Committee has recommended that a new clinic be constructed in Cornubia Phase 1.
Cornubia, which is strategically located adjacent to Mount Edgecombe and the Gateway Theatre of Shopping is one of the largest integrated human settlement projects countrywide and one of three national priority projects. It is a ground-breaking model of integrated development and a significant attempt to counter apartheid-era planning and address pervasive urban sprawl in modern day South Africa.
Chairperson of the Community Services Committee Councillor Zama Sokhabase said because Cornubia is a new neighbourhood, residents are remote from public services.
“These services are not yet integrated, which means access to the nearest services is expensive and time consuming. There is an urgent need to roll out health and education facilities. Currently, this community is being serviced fortnightly by the mobile clinic from Verulam. We have mandated the Health Unit to do everything in its powers to make sure that the clinic does become a reality,” she added.
Health Unit Deputy Head Zinhle Buthelezi echoed Councillor Sokhabase’s sentiments, saying her Unit is currently providing minimal services to Cornubia residents from the mobile clinic.
“The cost of the new clinic structure will be R12 million staggered over a period of three years and the clinic is expected to be up and running before the end of 2019,” said Buthelezi.
To reduce long waiting periods in Municipal pharmacies and dispensaries, the Community Services Committee has approved the additional funding for 40 Pharmacy Assistant posts in the Health Unit.
Chairperson of the Committee Councillor Zama Sokhabase said the Health Unit is operating with a mixture of fulltime Municipal staff and contract staff from a local healthcare Non-Government Organisation (NGO).
“This particular NGO has informed us that it will no longer be able to continue funding the contracted staff due to financial limitations. We therefore cannot have a situation where facilities that were supported by the NGO staff operating without pharmacy assistants. This will interrupt service delivery. We are required by law to provide efficient and safe pharmaceutical support service to clinics,” said Councillor Sokhabase.
Health Unit Deputy Head Zinhle Buthelezi said the Unit is currently receiving funding through an agreement between the Provincial Department of Health and the Municipality.
“The cost to fund the 40 posts will be reimbursed by the province. We spend over R 250 million annually on pharmaceutical supplies. The patient volume has increased to over 3 million, and that is why it is critical that these posts are filled to sustain and improve services rendered by pharmacists and pharmacy assistants,” Buthelezi added.
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications Tozi Mthethwa.
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