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City clinics geared for primary healthcare priorities<p>​The City’s Health Department is on a drive to kick-start general primary healthcare provision, affected by the impact of COVID-19.</p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:752px;" /></figure>​​In recent months, there has been a notable decline in the number of clients accessing some of the key services that the City’s 104 clinics provide, due to the national lockdown, but also fear about possible exposure to the virus.</span><p> </p><p>Services affected included child immunisations, but also screening for both communicable and non-communicable diseases such as TB, HIV and Diabetes.</p><p>City Health has since introduced a raft of measures to ensure access and provision of primary healthcare services, while playing its part in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, through screening, testing and public education.</p><p>These have included:</p><ul><li>Increased measures in clinics to mitigate the risk of COVID infection among staff</li><li>A project that will result in the establishment of 80 overflow facilities at clinics</li><li>Mobile testing booths for COVID-19</li><li>Additional Expanded Public Works personnel to assist the public education and awareness efforts of Environmental Health</li><li> The fast-tracking of more than 100 vacancies within the Health Department</li><br>‘There have been so many learnings over the past few months. In June, we were experiencing ongoing clinic closures due to COVID-19 exposure; however, we are very encouraged by the fact that there hasn’t been a single closure due to COVID in at least a month. This speaks to the measures that have been implemented to ensure staff and client safety, but also how our staff have adapted to the new normal and we commend their grit and determination amid very trying circumstances. The measures that we have introduced will help see us through the pandemic, but some of it will also remain behind for the long-term benefit of our communities,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</ul><p>In recent weeks, the Cape metropole has experienced a slowdown in the number of new COVID-19 cases reported, as well as fatalities linked to the virus. Of the overall caseload, approximately 88% have recovered. </p><p>‘The statistics are encouraging, but it is premature to view this pandemic in the rear-view mirror. So we encourage residents to ensure that they comply with the golden hygiene rules like handwashing, wearing a mask in public and adhering to social distancing norms at all times, but also to take care of their general health and well-being. We have done a lot of work to make our clinics safe spaces, and I invite our clients to return so that we can get our primary healthcare services back on track,’ added Councillor Badroodien.</p>2020-08-09T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#5fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab;L0|#05fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab|Health;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#550cea01-5fec-45fb-8509-f49cfc36c0e0;L0|#0550cea01-5fec-45fb-8509-f49cfc36c0e0|Safety1


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