Laudium Clinic Needs Expansion And Upgrading

The Laudium Community Health Centre needs to be upgraded and expanded to cope with the huge increase in population growth in this part of Tshwane.

This is my conclusion after my visit there today with local councillors Zwele Khumalo and Mohammed Essop.

According to the clinic management, the clinic services a population of 356 000, including patients from Laudium, Valhalla, Claudius, Erasmia, Lyttelton, Olivienhoutbosch, Mooiplaas, Itireleng, Atteridgeville and even Diepsloot in Johannesburg.

Close to half the patients are foreign nationals without any papers, which means they cannot be put on the chronic medicine dispensing programme to collect their medicines at other locations, which is more convenient for patients and decreases the pressure on the clinic.

The facility was originally opened as a hospital in 1982, and then downgraded to a community health center in 1998.

The average waiting time for patients is three hours, which management admitted was not satisfactory and they are working to get it down.

Parts of the building are in severe disrepair, including a gaping ceiling hole in the maternity section.

The maternity and other sections are very overcrowded, with patients crowded into small rooms or corridors without proper ventilation, which increases the risk of cross-infection.

The chronic diseases section has been upgraded and will open in April this year which is good news.

We were told that the maternity and the medical-legal section would be upgraded by the same contractor, but no time-line was given.

The grass needs to be cut urgently as snakes and rats have been seen.

The clinic is run by the Gauteng Health Department, but maintenance and repairs are done by the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development which results in delays to fix even small things.

I noticed that lights in corridors were broken and I was told that the tractor to cut the grass had been broken for five years.

I will push the provincial departments to meet their commitments to upgrade the clinic to meet the needs of an increased population.

The clinic management should also be given control of maintenance and repairs as this will be more efficient than the present system whereby requests are put through to another department.

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