Kuyasa Clinic Officially Opened
10 July 2014
Representatives from the Western Cape Government Health, the Isisombululo Programme, the Hasso Plattner Foundation and the University of Cape Town attended the official opening of Kuyasa Clinic in
Thembalethu, George on 9 July 2014.
This vibrant and colourful primary health care facility set in the heart of Thembalethu represents a unique partnership between funders, academia, local and provincial government and the community of Thembalethu.
The construction of the clinic was funded, planned and managed by the Isisombululo Programme at a cost of R7,5 million and an additional R1,2 million was spent by the Department of Health on equipment.
Western Cape Health Minister, Theuns Botha, said: “Congratulations to the people of Thembalethu on this new clinic. In partnership with all the partners, I am sure that the facility will provide quality health services. Every new facility means that we are bringing improved service delivery and redressing the imbalances of the past. That is true progress and development”.
The Isisombululo Programme, which receives significant funding from the Hasso Plattner Foundation, has contributed dramatically to the support of HIV/AIDS and TB prevention, treatment and care services for communities in the Southern Cape, Eden District. They have implemented over 40 sub-projects in the initial 9 years.
It had been determined that there was a vital need for an additional health facility in Thembalethu. Planning for the new clinic was initiated through discussions between the Isisombululo Programme, Western Cape Government Health and the George Municipality more than three years ago. Land was identified and approval granted from the George Municipality for the construction of the facility in Thembalethu.
Through the active support of the Department of Public Works, the construction team, made up of Semper Prima Builders and various technical professionals, they were able to finish the building project in just six months. The clinic is nurse-managed by eight staff members who services an average of 18 000 patients per month from 07:30 to16:30 Monday to Friday. The clinic comprises two large waiting areas, six consultation rooms, a TB area and a medicine room.
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Eden and Central Karoo districts