During her maiden State of the City Address in the month of April, the executive mayor of the city of Johannesburg, Councillor Mpho Phalatse, announced the construction of 10 new clinics in the next three financial years as part of being a caring City.
“Our City cares for poor and vulnerable residents and commitment to a just and equitable society,” Mayor Phalatse said.
Clinics play a significant role in the development and have implications for overall better living standards of residents. These healthcare facilities contribute positively to a healthy workforce and drive local economic activity.
Two of the 10 healthcare facilities are under construction undertaken by Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA): the new Naledi Clinic, a primary healthcare facility, and the two-storey 1870m² Turffontein Clinic.
“The JDA is implementing the two clinics on behalf of the City of Johannesburg Health Department. These facilities will go a long way in assisting the City in getting the basics right by providing access to healthcare facilities,” said MMC for Development Planning Cllr Belinda Echeozonjoku.
Naledi Clinic to accommodate more patients
With 18 consultation rooms, support buildings, the new Naledi Clinic will be close to the existing temporary clinic in Naledi Ext.2 to accommodate many patients and provide new services.
The clinic is currently at 15% construction after starting in November 2021 and was behind due to rain delays. The JDA intervened, and the project is now on track.
These consulting rooms will be a minimum of 15m² each, divided between the main streams, namely chronic, antenatal, and acute, and an emergency wing with an ambulance pick-up.
- The new clinic will have:
- Urine testing facilities
- Medical and dry stores with a dispensary
- Storeroom for Cleaners
- Records room
- An office for the Supervisor with a view of the waiting area
- A waiting area to house 180 people as well as sub-waiting areas for at least 12 people
- An emergency wing with resuscitation, rehydration, isolation, dressing/treatment room
- An admin wing with a boardroom, lounge, kitchen, ablutions, and data capturing office.
The design of the new clinic will also incorporate environmentally friendly features such as roof/clerestory. The windows maximise the use of natural light. It will also have green elements for water harvesting and photovoltaic panels, and a vegetable garden.
Turffontein Clinic to improve community health care
The two-storey 1870m² Turffontein Clinic will provide improved healthcare for the communities in Turffontein, Rosettenville, Kenilworth and neighbouring suburbs in Johannesburg south.
The clinic is under construction on a 2960m² on De Villiers and Van Hulsteyn streets close to Main Street, the main commercial street in Rosettenville.
The clinic is accessible via public transport and non-motorised transport links. Its location is a plus for patients to get to the health care facility.
It will boast a 120-seat waiting area, 18 consulting rooms, an emergency and stabilisation unit, a mother and child section, counselling rooms, a group room for ARV Treatment and TB therapy, a testing facility and antenatal care. The clinic will also have an isolation room, a central pharmacy, social work counselling rooms and ablution facilities.