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Kremetart Clinic re-opened by Health MEC

By: Maano Nekhavhambe

As part of improving the primary health care service in Limpopo Province, MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba has officially re-opened the refurbished Kremetart Clinic in Giyani, Greater Mopani District on Friday 23 August 2019.

 

Kremetart Clinic is located in the Kremetart sub-urban area in Giyani, previously serving the white population which was residing there, prior to 1994, with only one professional nurse.

In 1994 after the new dispensation, one Nursing Assistant was allocated, later in 1995 a second professional nurse was added and later in 1996 the clinic was incorporated into Greater Giyani Primary Health Care (PHC).

Between 2016 and 2018, there was a need for the clinic to be revamped as other facilities were no longer conducive for use leading to the staff and patients being moved to Giyani Community Health Care (CHC). After the refurbishment, the clinic started to be fully operational on 07 May 2019 and it is serving nearby villages such as Maswanganyi, Dzingidzingi, Bode, Dingamazi, Siyandane, Mapuwe village and all Giyani Townships.

The clinic is situated 5km from the new Nkhensani Hospital and 8 km from Giyani Community Centre and a total of 15 staff members are currently hired including professional nurses (6), Staff Nurses (2), Nursing Assistants (2), Data Capturer, Ward Attendant and an Admin Clerk.

The Department of Health Mopani District Chief Director Dr. Rirhandzu Norah Mongwe has confirmed that compared to the same period in the financial years 2016/17 and 2017/18, PHC headcount has been on the increase month to month since the Clinic started functioning in the current financial year.

The patient examined by professional nurses has also increased from 991 in April to 3106 in July making over 300% increase in patients seen by professional nurse in 2019 alone.

Dr Ramathuba said the re-opening of the Kremetart Clinic is a symbol of bringing the dignity back to the people of Giyani.

“Today we have Kremetart Clinic which can provide day to day services to our residents of Giyani. The PHC have every reason to celebrate their success because they have been vocal to me with regard to the refurbishment of this clinic. Everybody has a right to have access to health services. This clinic is going to operate from Monday to Friday from 7am to 4pm. Even on Fridays, no staff member will knock-off at 1pm, we must work until 4 pm.” The MEC said

One of the residents who was in attendance during the opening was Miss Kulani Mabasa, 33, from Mapuwe village. She said that the recent development shows that government cares for its people.

“We are very thankful to the department of health for giving us a clinic. We have been crowding Nkhensani Hospital for so long in an attempt to access health services but now things will be a lot easier for most of us.”

With the Kremetart Clinic operating five days a week now, residents will no longer walk for 5km from Giyani CBD to the new Nkhensani hospital for primary health access and Nkhensani Hospital would no longer be crowded with too many patients on daily bases.