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Mitchell’s Plain residents demand answers on possible clinic closures

Clinics in three areas, Mitchell’s Plain, Nyanga and Khayelitsha have been considered for closure.

A Google Maps screenshot of Khayelitsha Clinic Site B.

CAPE TOWN – Residents of Mitchell’s Plain are demanding answers from Cape Town on possible clinic closures.

The closure of clinics in three regions, Mitchell’s Plain, Nyanga and Khayelitsha is planned.

The plan is to bring local clinics under the jurisdiction of the provincial government. This alarmed those who relied on these services.

At the Tafelsig clinic, some residents start queuing at 5 a.m. in the cold and darkness.

A woman woke up at 4 a.m. to be at the clinic at 5 a.m. She sat on the concrete floor in front of the main door with a swimsuit and a cap.

She said she deliberately took a taxi to be early because if she didn’t she would be sitting in the clinic for most of the day.

“You have to come early because if you don’t come early there are problems sometimes people come to stand in front of you”.

She said facilities like these could not be closed because they served people like her who relied on the services and could not afford to see a private doctor.

“I have back problems, today I’m here for another appointment because I have back pain. I have to come for a lot of things because I don’t feel well.”

Cape Town City said officials are considering how best to organize facilities and resources to provide a comprehensive package of health services in affected communities.

The municipality said this was in line with a city council resolution that sought to transfer health care functions from the city to the provincial government which is the constitutional mandate holder for primary health care services.



Mitchell’s Plain residents demand answers on possible clinic closures

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