Uncertainty over future of Hout Bay clinic causes concern

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Uncertainty over whether the Hout Bay CDC which caters to about 4,500 patients a month is opening or closing has caused many Hangberg residents to panic and fear not having health facilities in the area, says a Weekend Argus report.

However, according to Western Cape Health, an additional facility has been secured to guarantee and render better health services to the community as well as allow for easier access to comprehensive health services for our patients in Imizamo Yethu.

The report says residents in Hout Bay were up in arms after the day hospital in Hangberg was closed on September 17 and only reopened in early October due to violent community protests that broke out in the area, making it difficult for staff members to gain access to the facility. The department’s spokeswoman, Natalie Watlington confirmed that “the additional facility has been secured to render a continuous package of quality care to the growing community of Hout Bay and will be a fully operational clinic”.

The report says Watlington further disputed claims by Hangberg, Hout Bay community activists that the facility had been shut down. “The Hangberg facility has not closed and we continue to provide basic health services from this facility as well as the Iziko Lobubomi Hall in Imizamo Yethu. These services include the collection of chronic medication parcels, screening for TB, HIV testing, blood pressure, sugar and pregnancy tests,” she explained.

Weekend Argus report

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