Ducats Community Hall has become the home to a new satellite clinic which has brought hope to the people living in the area and the promise of a better life.
Makhaya Bopi, the ward councilor, is very happy that the government has listened to the people of the community.
The nearest clinic is almost 5 km away and the distance has made it difficult for sick people to gain access to treatment, particularly those who are unemployed and cannot afford transport.
The programme manager for HIV prevention at the new clinic, Ntombi Makinana, said that they have found that the people of Ducats were not accessing healthcare services.
“There is problem with a high prevalence of HIV infection as well as teenage pregnancy. We will be dispensing chronic medication to those who need it and we will refer other patients to clinics or hospital when necessary,” she said.
The clinic will be open to serve the people on Wednesdays and Thursdays with three nurses on duty. The clinic will offer services such as dentistry, HIV testing, family planning, TB screening and cervical cancer screening.
Zameka Plaatjie, a resident of Ducats, said that they were pleased that the clinic has opened because there had been too many unwanted pregnancies.
Mwandile Coko said: “This clinic will save our lives, not only because of the medical services they are bringing but because we will be safe from these thugs that want to mug us.”
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