HEALTH

New injection for Slovoville people

Patron of the BNZ Foundation, Bongi Ngema-Zuma
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The people of Joburg spoke, the city listened and responded to their needs. The community of Slovoville finally have a state-of-the-art clinic which they can call their own. The days of commuting to other clinics and being turned away because of capacity constraints are over for all Slovoville residents and those from neighbouring communities.

"More than 30 000 people within Slovoville and its surrounding areas will benefit from healthcare services that the clinic will provide," says Joburg Executive Mayor Parks Tau. Tau assured  the communities  that this clinic was to improve their lives. Tau also committed to ensuring that the clinic's existence will change the health profile of the Slovoville community through the services and programmes it offers. The launch of the clinic also signifies an adoption of a more comprehensive healthcare approach in communities in the greater Joburg area. The Slovoville clinic will offer the community exposure to a more holistic approach to health and lifestyle, theming it "health in the hands of the community".

The community will be encouraged to eat healthier foods and plant their own vegetables. A vegetable garden has been established in the yard of the clinic. They will also be encouraged to live more active and less sedentary lives. An aerobics marathon was held at Ekhaya Health and Fitness centre as part of the celebration.

However, the most important lifestyle change the clinics programme hopes to effect is that community members voluntarily test for non-communicable diseases and adjust their lifestyles accordingly. One such disease is diabetes, and community members were encouraged to go for free screenings.

The Patron of the BNZ Foundation, Bongi Ngema-Zuma highlighted the importance of awareness around diabetes, and that "the number of people that have died in 2013 because of this tsunami (diabetes) far exceeded the projected numbers and we really do need to do something to curb this as a matter of urgency".

"As the City of Joburg we continue with the mandate of building better communities, we continuously endeavour to improve the lives of the communities in the city," explained MMC for Health and Social Development Clr Nonceba Molwele. There had been no clinic in the area and the community of Slovoville travelled about 7 km to access health services from Green Village Clinic and 10 km to Leratong Hospital.

The construction of the new brick and mortar clinic that cost the City of Joburg R16 million began in 2013. It consists of 21 consultation rooms, emergency room, drug storeroom, store for stock and linen room, counselling room and waiting area with an open reception.

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