uMkhayakude to get boost of brand new ambulances, R232 million community health centre and 906 job opportunities
15 Aug 2012
The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo would unveil injections to the delivery of quality healthcare in the rural District of uMkhanyakude when he hands over a site for the construction of a R262 million Community Healthcare Centre and a fleet of brand new ambulances.
The event to be held on Friday, 17 August 2012 at Jozini from 10h00 and is expected to draw the attention of the public and mayors from the area.
The district is known for being the most rural District in the province and borders neighboring countries of Mozambique and Swaziland whose citizens frequent public health facilities on the South African side. The population is estimated at over 600 000 with approximately 36% having no means of income. This contributes to the cycle of poverty found in the area.
The community healthcare centre will provide 'mini hospital' level of care should be completed in 24 months and will create 906 jobs for the local community. The MEC is on a public road show speaking to all Emergency Medical Practitioners about the concerns of citizens and urging them to ensure that they do their work with discipline, commitment and honour.
He (MEC Dhlomo) has visited four Districts thus far and told a gathering at Empangeni that damaging and recklessly driving ambulances will no longer be tolerated. He said: "each ambulance cost this department an amount close R800 000.00 and that money cannot go to waste without people accounting."
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Issued by: KwaZulu-Natal Health
15 Aug 2012
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