Mobile clinics now visit informal settlements

Community member receives help from the mobile clinic.

The City of Ekurhuleni has extended provision of universal healthcare services to informal settlements through adequately staffed and equipped mobile clinics.

According to the spokesperson for the City of Ekurhuleni, Themba Gadebe, the mobile clinics visit identified informal settlements across the City and operate from 9am to 3pm.

“The mobile clinics are staffed by two nurses and serve informal settlement communities that do not have a clinic within a 3-5km radius.

“Thinasonke informal settlement near Alberton is one of the informal settlements that is served by the City’s mobile clinic,” said Gadebe.

Mother of six-month-old baby Awakhe, Thando Sithole, has attested to the quality of services offered through the clinic. She has relied on its services to get routine immunisations for her baby, Awakhe.

“Living in an informal settlement at times feels like we are the bottom of the barrel, but the mobile clinic has affirmed our faith in the City.

“It saves us travel times and is always there during our times of need.

“The mobile clinic service is an indication that our lives matter to the City of Ekurhuleni,” said Sithole.

Child Health Services:

• Expanded programme on immunisation

• Vitamin A supplementation

• Protein-energy malnutrition programme

• Integrated management of childhood illnesses

• Growth monitoring and developmental screening.

Women and Maternal Health Services:

• Reproductive health, including family planning.

Gadebe clarified that patients who need services that are outside the mobile clinic scope or are very sick are referred to a hospital.

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