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Jubilation as NHI Pilot clinics come on line - published 30 Jan 2018

Media Statement Immediate Release

 


Jubilation as NHI Pilot clinics come on line

 

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has brought joy & jubilation to the hearts of many rural families in the Eastern Cape (EC) and heightened expectations in the province of the Free State.

 

The CDC, an implementing agent on behalf of the National Department of Health, is currently implementing a total of eleven (11) clinics accumulatively valued at R457 million.

 

The projects, consist of eight (8) clinics valued at R257 million in the EC has seen scores of job opportunities created with over 486 people in the province being able to provide for their families (during construction). 

 

A further three (3) clinics valued at R200 million in the Free State is currently in the planning phases with work envisioned to commence in the short to medium term.

 

The work undertaken by the CDC late last year saw the successful completion of three (3) clinics, mainly Maxwele, Nkanga and Nolitha, accumulatively valued at R75 million from the OR Tambo District in the Eastern Cape with a further five (5) remaining clinics envisioned to be completed later this year.

 

“The jobs created in the EC through these projects has seen a vast improvement of the lives of the communities in the areas where the clinics are constructed,” says Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC’s Head of Marketing, Brand and Communications.

 

Clinics

Location

Jobs Created

Eastern Cape Province

1. Lusikisiki Clinic

Lusikisiki

70

2. Nkanga Clinic

Libode

63

3. Sakhele Clinic

Mgqumo

55

4. Lotana Clinic

Tsolo

105

5. Nolita Clinic

Ngqeleni

53

6. Maxwele Clinic

Mthatha

32

7. Gengqe Clinic

Mahlathini

54

8. Lutubeni Clinic

Mqanduli

54

 

One of the first two clinics to be completed - Nkanga and Maxwele have been equipped with state of the art equipment including accommodation for staff.

 

“The aforementioned clinics form part of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Pilot Projects and are blue print facilities for the Ideal Clinic programme currently under development by the National Department of Health,” adds Dr Vilakazi.

 

It’s envisioned the NHI will cover services that are delivered on a people-centered integrated healthcare service platform to ensure a more responsive and accountable health system that takes into account socio-economic factors whilst prioritizing vulnerable communities. A people-centered integrated healthcare service platform such as this should be able to improve user satisfaction, lead to a better quality of life as well as improved health outcomes across the various socio-economic growth and social stability within the country. In essence, the NHI will be contributing towards the reduction of poverty and inequalities, concludes Dr Vilakazi.

 

Ends.

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