Health Department puts final touches on overflow facilities

Mayoral committee member for community services and health, Dr Zahid Badroodien, visiting the Elsies River Civic Centre.
The City’s Health Department is finalising the first 20 overflow facilities at its clinics in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The department says at least 80 clinics will be retrofitted in keeping with the Covid-19 preparedness plan.

The facilities are either prefabricated structures set up on clinic premises where space has allowed, or community halls, which are in close proximity to the clinics, are used.

The first phase will result in 153 additional consulting and/or treatment spaces across the 20 clinics and it is hoped that these will be operational within the next week or two.

In Tafelsig, the overflow facility will be the Thusong Centre.

In Manenberg, the overflow facility will be the Manenberg Community Hall.

Mayoral committee member for community services and health, Dr Zahid Badroodien, said: “The expansion of our facilities will ensure that we are able to continue providing our full basket of services to clients during this time, when so much of the health focus is on our response to the coronavirus. More space means we are able to attend to all health needs, without crowding our waiting areas and therefore decreasing the risk of transmission.”