The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo has welcomed the innovative measures instituted at Mbumbulu Clinic in KwaZulu Natal to prevent congestion during the pandemic.
To prevent the spread of Covid-19, the clinic prioritises elderly patients by taking their cards at the gate, placing other patients in a separate space at the entrance, collecting their medication, and thereafter sending them home immediately. This assists in decongestion and keeps numbers to a minimum.
“It was heart-warming listening to the operational manager of Mbumbulu clinic explaining what they are doing to prevent the elderly from mixing with other patients during this time of national disaster management,” said Dr Dhlomo.
Dr Dhlomo said he wanted to monitor how health facilities in his constituency are implementing governments regulations on social distancing to curb the spread of the virus.
Dr Dhlomo said he is happy to hear and see how the clinic has made changes in controlling the spread of Covid-19. The clinic has created a mini Central Chronic Medicines Dispensing and Distribution (CCMD) centre, to prevent patients from mixing with one another.
“This is an innovation which the clinic needs to carry beyond Covid-19, so that the elderly, children and acute illnesses are not put in the same space”, said Dr Dhlomo.