A new primary healthcare clinic in Johannesburg’s Cosmo City will bring relief to working people around Cosmo City who can’t afford medical aid, but who also don’t want to wait in long queues at the local clinic.

The new Esizayo Clinic is an initiative of health NGO Right to Care, which has set up a new unit called Right Clinic to support the Department of Health in providing fee-for-service primary healthcare in communities where healthcare access is difficult.

The clinic has all the features of a modern facility and offers best-practice primary healthcare services as a doctor and nurse practice, including medication at an affordable price.

Patients pay R350, which includes a consultation with a doctor or nurse, screening, testing and medication. Antiretrovirals and immunisation are extra, although Right Clinic is working to offer these at reduced prices.

The clinic offers acute care, chronic care, treatment of minor ailments, mother and child healthcare and screening for conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, TB, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, cervical and prostate cancer.

“The clinic at the multipurpose centre in Cosmo City sees as many as 4,000 patients per month. The Cosmo City population of more than 70,000 is growing fast. Hence this clinic is much-needed here and will relieve the burden at nearby facilities,” said MEC for Gauteng Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa.

CEO of Right to Care, Professor Ian Sanne, added that they are focused on delivering the gold standard of primary healthcare at a reduced price. “We will use the Esizayo Clinic as a model for how to expand into communities which have insufficient healthcare access. The clinic is also a learning hub. We have partnered with the University of Witwatersrand’s Health Sciences Faculty which will incorporate the clinic into their teaching programmes.”

Managing Director of Right Clinic, Wendy Ovens, added that the clinic is equipped with essential eHealth systems. “This clinic, which is aligned with the National Department of Health’s Ideal Clinic programme, has paperless patient records, a data gathering system, wheelchair access, 24-hour security and the latest healthcare technologies.”

Prof Sanne concluded by saying that the 2.2-hectare site may expand to accommodate a 16-room public primary healthcare facility, a 100-bed private hospital and shared services that include a maternity section, pharmacy, medication pick up point and 24-hour emergency room.

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