Accessible healthcare for Slovoville residents

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The newly opened, state-of-the-art Slovoville Clinic will bring much-needed and essential primary healthcare services closer to home for residents in the area.

slovo1Mayor Parks Tau and First Lady Bongi Ngema Zuma cutting the ribbon at the launch (IMAGE: City of Johannesburg)A new clinic will bring much-needed healthcare services closer to residents in Soweto's Slovoville in Johannesburg.

The Slovoville Clinic, officially opened by the City of Johannesburg on Tuesday 25 March brings primary health services much closer to home so residents don't have to travel long distances for medical care.

Previously, residents used to travel as far as Coronation or Leratong hospitals as the container clinic in Slovoville could not accommodate the many people visiting it daily.

The new clinic replaces the two container-clinic that has since been closed.

The JDA spearheaded construction on the R16-million state-of-the-art clinic, completed in February this year.

slovo2There was also a tree-planting ceremony outside the clinic whit Mayor Parks Tau, MMC for Health Counsellor Molwele and First Lady Bongi Ngema Zuma (IMAGE: City of Johannesburg)Thanduxolo Ntoyi, JDA's assistant development manager, said the clinic was an important step in making health services accessible to families in Soweto.

"We are thrilled to have this much-needed healthcare facility that will accommodate an increasing number of patients," said Ntoyi.

>The clinic will be staffed by seven nurses, an assistant nurse, a doctor, a health promoter, and an administration assistant, and be open Monday to Friday, from 7.30am to 5pm.

It has 18 consultation rooms: an emergency room, a drug storeroom, a stock and linen room, a counselling room and a waiting area with an open reception.

The clinic offers reproductive health services; maternal (antenatal and postnatal) health services; women's health services; adolescent and youth-friendly services; child health services (including immunisation); HIV/Aids and sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis (HAST) counselling and testing; acute illness management; chronic conditions management; health promotion; and emergency care.

It also has five consultation wards for chronic patients, and with the City of Johannesburg, has forged partnerships with private clinicians to offer quality healthcare.

The JDA has also begun construction on Mpumelelo Clinic in Ivory Park. It will likely be completed in September at a cost of R11-million and provide healthcare services to some 200 000 people in the area.