Seven more new medical facilities will be opened in Gauteng by the end of the 2020-21 financial year to meet the ever-growing need for health services in the province.
Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku disclosed this information in his budget speech on Friday at a virtual session of the Gauteng provincial legislature.
The new facilities are Mandisa Shiceka Day Clinic (Hamanskraal), Boikhutsong Clinic (Soshanguve), Phillip Moyo Clinic (Daveyton-Ethwathwa), Knutson South Clinic (Khutsong), Finetown Clinic (Ennerdale), the Greens Park Clinic (West Rand) and the Kekana Town Clinic (Kekana Gardens).
A new neonatal unit will open in Mamelodi Hospital in three weeks.
In addition, the process is undergoing major renovations to ten provincial hospitals.
“The planning phase for the Ten Priority Hospitals project has been completed and implementation has begun. We are investing more than R1,1 billion in maintenance and refurbishment in these hospitals just this year. In 2020-21, the infrastructure program includes the improvement of electronic safety monitoring systems in all health facilities, ”says Masuku.
The provincial health department “is also realizing mental health is becoming an international pandemic” and has made this a priority in its budget of R55.7 billion.
“Renovations at Helen Joseph and Charlotte Maxeke Hospital to meet mental health specifications have been completed and a 20-bed unit has been in operation since mid-2019,” Masuku says.
In the next financial year, an additional R103 million was made available for another 500 contracted beds at the Clinix Health Group and Life Health Care. In addition, the department has created 476 mental health team district posts and the process is underway to fill those posts.
“There are five mental health review boards reporting directly to the MEC’s office,” Masuku says.