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SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Businesses Improve City Health Facilities


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With the increasing help of private organisations and businesses, more and more clinics in Cape Town can receive much needed upgrades.

At its recent monthly meeting the Health Portfolio Committee accepted funding from the UCT Lung Institute and Crammix Bricks to upgrade Chapel Street Clinic, Woodstock, and Northpine Clinic, Brackenfell, respectively.

Cllr James Vos, Chairperson of the Health Portfolio Committee, said he is delighted that it appears that more organisations are starting to invest in the City’s health services. “What better place is there for a company to make a corporate social investment than in public health facilities? We would like to encourage other organisations to also consider investing in the City’s health services to ensure better health care for communities,” Vos said.

City Health as a limited budget for clinics as our Constitutional mandate is for Municipal Health Services, in other words Environmental Health. Therefore any donation to improve our clinics is of great help.”

Late last year the Desmond Tutu TB Centre:TB/HIV Integration Project provided

R3,7 million to City Health. R3 million will be used for the construction of external sputum booths, and the balance for 24 flat screen television sets for educational purposes in clinics, as well as 24 desktop computers and printers for use in the TB rooms in high burden clinics.

In addition, the Hout Bay Rotary Club donated R350 000 towards the upgrading of the Hout Bay Main Road Clinic. The Council approved the donation, which provides for a fully integrated TB and HIV/AIDS section at the clinic.

With the latest donations, the current Northpine clinic will be upgraded over the next five years, as Crammix Bricks will be providing R50 000 on an annual basis for this period. Crammix Bricks is donating this money as a corporate social investment initiative. Quality heath care services cannot be offered at this clinic in its current state as it only has one waiting area, one consulting room and one treatment room to serve a population of 11 712 people.

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