Free State Health spokesman Mondli Mvambi said the official opening of the newly-built Parys Clinic will take place on Tuesday – and shortly thereafter the public awareness campaign, known as “Bringing primary healthcare services to the people,” will be launched at an open space next to Phellehang Secondary School in Tumahole, Parys.
He says the opening of the Parys Clinic is a milestone in service delivery.
Mvambi says that the old Parys Clinic building was located in the Ngwathe Municipal Building, built in 1970, and the layout and size of the old facility did not meet the clinic’s ideal standards.
According to him, the old facility’s pharmacy was outside the clinic and patients were exposed to all kinds of weather while waiting for their medication.
Mvambi adds that since the dawn of democracy, the community has been asking for better facilities, which has led the department to enter into negotiations with the Sasol mine for funding of around R12.5 million and the Municipality of Ngwathe to help with land to build facilities that meet required standards.
Meanwhile, Mvambi says the newly built clinic will operate as an 8-hour primary healthcare facility. He also said Tuesday’s event will see the local municipality of Ngwathe receive fire trucks and rescue and rapid response vehicles worth around R3 million from the Sasol mine.