The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Councillor Solly Msimanga, in collaboration with the MEC for Health in Gauteng, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, officially opened the newly-built Soshanguve Block JJ Clinic on 30 August 2017.
The health care facility located in Ward 11 replaces a facility that was relatively small and housed in a temporary structure for the provision of better access to healthcare for the people of Tshwane.
Speaking at the opening of the clinic, Msimanga said that the state of the clinic was not acceptable. "In addition to that, the head count was increasing and patients were exposed to harsh weather conditions such as heat and rain while queuing outside," added Msimanga.
The City has completed the upgrading and construction of the Block JJ Clinic and has made it available to the Gauteng Health Department to manage and operate through an existing Service Level Agreement.
The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Health, Councillor Sakkie du Plooy, explained that his department is steadfast about widening access to primary healthcare facilities to ensure that residents have access to deal with particular ailments.
"We are committed to ensure that the community has universal access to facilities. We will continue to partner with province and other stakeholders to ensure that better healthcare can be discharged to all the people in this community. All that we ask is for members of the community to protect and safeguard this facility," said Du Plooy.
The City has arranged with the Gauteng Health Department to operate the clinic for extended hours from Monday to Friday.
The City of Tshwane is guided by the principles of promoting the health and wellness of its residents. The City recognises the challenges faced by many communities in accessing basic primary healthcare and is addressing those challenges.