More health facilities built in the Free State
Free State Health spokesman Mondli Mvambi told OFM News that the province’s Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has implemented the construction project for Thandanani and Rheederspark clinics in Welkom for the benefit of the Free State Department of Health.
According to Mvambi, Thandanani Clinic is expected to cost R41,117,467 and is expected to be completed by July 2023. Rheederspark Clinic is expected to cost R38,156,616 and is expected to be completed around the same time as Thandanani Clinic.
Mvambi adds that health services, which include dental care, maternity care, as well as primary health care services, will be provided at these new clinics.
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The state of healthcare facilities in the Free State has come under scrutiny for some time. This comes as the MEC for Health, Montseng Tsiu, during his 2022/23 budget speech, raised concerns about primary healthcare facilities not meeting the threshold standards of “ideal clinics”. Despite the challenges facing the Free State Department of Health, Tsiu reassured that his department is committed to ensuring that the facilities return to their ideal status.
Meanwhile, the Free State Department of Public Works and Infrastructure is committed to helping the provincial Department of Health expand access to health services by improving health facility planning and accelerating the infrastructure delivery. The department says such projects also improve the livelihoods of locals by creating jobs.