New clinics a health and jobs boost for EC

27 November 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201917273

Government & Municipal
Social Development
New clinics a health and jobs boost for EC

TWO new clinics opened in Lutubeni and Gengqe recently as part of a R457-million programme to build 11 such facilities in the Eastern Cape are bringing much needed health care and employment to rural areas of the province which continue to experience a high tuberculosis and HIV rate.

That was the message from Dr Mthandeki Xamlashe, the Head of Medical Services in the provincial Department of Health.

“Promising people is easy, keeping the promise is the hard part, delivering on the promise is even harder. It brings me so much joy that the National and local government have managed to keep their end of the bargain by prioritising this region of the Eastern Cape,” Xamlashe said.

Construction of the clinics began in 2015 with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) as an implementing agent for the National Department of Health.

Giving the keynote address, Deputy Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla highlighted prioritization of proper healthcare services for this region. “Amongst the nine provinces, the Eastern Cape is rich with talent and excellence. This province gave birth to a number of remarkable leaders. Transforming the health system in this region is an intentional decision that the government will continue to commit to in order for people to access quality healthcare services,” he said.

The CDC’s Head of Brand, Marketing and Communication, Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, said the corporation had implemented a total of 11 clinics accumulatively valued at R457 million. “Eight of those clinics are valued at R257 million, which have afforded 486 people with jobs.”

Mqanduli community member Thuliswa Sontundu (28) expressed her appreciation for the development taking place in the area. “As a local resident of Lutubeni I am more than happy to have witnessed this eventful day. For us, it has always been dark and gloomy, the opening of these clinics is a beginning of a bigger transformation,” she said.

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