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The Western Cape is set to receive R1.2 billion in upgrades to health care infrastructure over the next year. Of this, R6 million is going towards the design phases of the new Klipfontein Regional Hospital, which will serve as a desperately needed replacement for the defunct GF Jooste Hospital in Manenberg but will only be ready in 10 years' time. The single biggest ticket item on the Western Cape Department of Health's budget is the brand new Observatory Forensic Pathology Service lab, which is already under construction close to Groote Schuur Hospital. R100m is set aside for construction costs this year, with a further R44.3m for equipment and R10m to install ventilation. Department spokesperson Mark van der Heever said the facility was scheduled to open around April next year. It would replace the overburdened Salt River forensic pathology facility and was aimed at "extracting, analysing and preserving the integrity of evidence for use by the criminal justice system". The new design boasts 26 autopsy tables, compared to Salt River's 10, and 360 refrigerated body spaces, compared to the old 150. It will also allow space for health care science students from UCT to train and learn. As for the ailing Tygerberg Hospital, Van der Heever said the provincial department was still in negotiations with National Treasury for funding of the Tygerberg Hospital Redevelopment Project. In the meantime, the province has set aside R101m for maintenance and improvements this year to keep Tygerberg running until it can be overhauled. The construction of new emergency centres at existing hospitals is also a high priority on the budget. Helderberg Hospital is receiving a new emergency centre, which is under construction, with R35m budgeted towards the building this year and an additional R9m for equipment. A new emergency centre is also being built at Victoria Hospital in Wynberg, with R36m set aside for that construction and an additional R7m for equipment. The project should be completed by November next year, Van der Heever said. Construction is under way at Gansbaai Clinic, Laingsburg Clinic and Swartland Hospital in Malmesbury, where repairs and extensions are under way after fire destroyed a portion of the hospital. These projects combined cost more than R57m. For those anxiously awaiting the new Klipfontein Regional Hospital, which has been desperately needed since GF Jooste was decommissioned, relief is not imminent. It is only projected to open in 10 years' time. To Page 2 City to build two new clinics by next year From Page 1 "The new Klipfontein Regional Hospital is intended to be a facility larger than even the Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain district hospitals," Van der Heever said. The City of Cape Town is also ploughing money into health care infrastructure. The city council's health department plans to break ground on two new clinics within the next year: Fisantekraal and Zakhele. It has budgeted R1 7.6m to upgrade existing facilities. However, many facilities are being damaged faster than they can be main tained. "Community facilities are extremely vulnerable to theft and vandalism, as we witnessed recently with the attack on the Ikhwezi clinic in Nomzamo, Strand," said Zahid Badroodien, mayoral committee member for community services and health.
Created at 2019/06/24 10:22 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2019/06/24 10:22 AM by Mediclinic