The new facility complies with government’s Operation Phakisa model of being an “ideal clinic”, which requires adherence to service excellence in accordance with national health core standards, the KwaZulu-Natal health department said in a statement on Sunday.
Manxili Clinic would bring much-needed relief to the 13,000-strong rural community, as residents previously had to wait for a mobile clinic to visit the area once a month to access healthcare services. The only other option for local residents was to travel nearly 10km to Mangeni Clinic, mostly on foot.
“The clinic will enhance government’s efforts to fight the burden of disease, which includes the spread of HIV/Aids, TB infections, and mother and child mortality and morbidity in the uMzinyathi District,” the department said.
The event, which attracted more than 5000 members of the Nquthu community and surrounding areas, was also attended by Deputy Health Minister Joe Phaahla, KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo, and various other dignatories.
Phaahla pledged to ensure that the clinic complied with the Operation Phakisa model requirements, including cleanliness, infection control, reducing long queues, availability of medicines and other essentials, security and safety of staff and patients, and a “positive attitude of staff”.
Manxili Clinic provides, among other health services, ante-natal care to pregnant mothers, cervical cancer and TB screenings, and HIV testing and counselling.