To meet one of Johannesburg’s seven municipal priorities of a caring city, the focus must be on the health of residents by providing access to adequate primary health care.
Johannesburg City Mayor Mpho Phalatse in his first State of the City Address (SOCA) last month announced the construction of 10 new clinics over the next three fiscal years as part of the caring city experience.
“Our city cares about poor and vulnerable residents and is committed to a just and equitable society,” Phalatse said.
Clinics play an important role in development and have implications for the general improvement of residents’ standard of living. These healthcare facilities contribute positively to a healthy workforce and stimulate local economic activity.
“Over the next three years, the city promises 10 modern and robustly sized clinics in different parts of the region in response to current and projected needs,” Phalatse said.
Two of the health facilities are under construction, undertaken by the Johannesburg Development Agency. These include the new 1,870 m² two-storey Turffontein Clinic and the Naledi Clinic, a primary healthcare facility.
The two-story, 1,870m² Turffontein Clinic will provide improved health care to the communities of Turffontein, Rosettenville, Kenilworth and adjoining southern suburbs of Johannesburg.
The clinic is built on an ERF area of 2960m² on De Villiers and Van Hulsteyn streets near Main Street, the main commercial street in Rosettenville.
The clinic will be accessible via public transport and non-motorized transport links.
The clinic responds efficiently and effectively to the growing health needs of this community with a 120-seat waiting room, 18 consultation rooms, an emergency and stabilization unit, a mother-child section, counseling rooms, a center for ARV treatment and anti-tuberculosis therapy, a screening center and prenatal care.
The clinic will have an isolation ward, central pharmacy, social work counseling rooms and ablution facilities.
“The JDA is setting up the two clinics on behalf of the City of Johannesburg Department of Health. These facilities will go a long way in helping the city get the basics by providing access to health facilities,” said MMC for Development Planning, Belinda Echeozonjoku.