City on track to build 10 new clinics in three years
Clinics play an important role in development and have implications for the general improvement of residents’ standard of living. These healthcare facilities contribute positively to a healthy workforce and stimulate local economic activity.
Two of the 10 health facilities are being built by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA): the new Naledi Clinic, a primary health care facility, and the 1,870 m² two-storey Turffontein Clinic.
“The JDA is setting up the two clinics on behalf of the City of Johannesburg Department of Health. These facilities will go a long way in helping the City get the basics right; providing access to health facilities,” said MMC for Development Planning Cllr Belinda Echeozonjoku.
The Naledi clinic to welcome more patients
With 18 consultation rooms; supporting buildings, the new Naledi Clinic will be close to the existing temporary Naledi Clinic Ext.2 to accommodate many patients and provide new services.
The clinic is currently at 15% construction after starting in November 2021 and was behind schedule due to rain delays. The JDA intervened and the project is now on track.
These consulting rooms will be at least 15m² each, divided between the main sectors, namely chronic, prenatal and acute, and an emergency wing with an ambulance pick-up.
The new clinic will have:
Medical and dry stores with a dispensary,
Storeroom for cleaners
An office for the Supervisor overlooking the waiting room
A waiting area to accommodate 180 people as well as waiting sub-areas for at least 12 people,
An emergency wing with resuscitation, rehydration, isolation, dressing/treatment room
An administrative wing with a meeting room, lounge, kitchen, toilets and data capture office.
The design of the new clinic will also incorporate environmentally friendly features such as the roof and clerestory. Windows maximize the use of natural light. It will also include green elements for the recovery of water and photovoltaic panels, as well as a vegetable garden.
The Turffontein Clinic to Improve Community Health Care
The 1,870 sq m two-storey Turffontein Clinic will provide improved health care to the communities of Turffontein, Rosettenville, Kenilworth and adjoining southern suburbs of Johannesburg.
The clinic is under construction on 2960m² of land on De Villiers and Van Hulsteyn streets near Main Street, Rosettenville’s main commercial artery.
The clinic is accessible by public transport and non-motorized transport. Its location is a plus for patients to get to the health facility.
It will include a waiting room with 120 places, 18 consultation rooms, an emergency and stabilization unit, a mother-child section, counseling rooms, a group room for ARV treatment and tuberculosis therapy, a screening center and prenatal care. The clinic will also have an isolation ward, central pharmacy, social work counseling rooms and ablution facilities.