The overcrowded Daleview clinic in Despatch, needs only R10 000 to upgrade their facilities, but the local municipality has refused the clinics pleas.

MPL Pine Pienaar and DA Metro councillor Franay van der Linde have taken up the plight of the Gustav Lamour clinic in Despatch after visiting the facility with DA member Francois Greyling recently.

The five staff members work in a office space of a mere 20m². The overcrowded waiting room is too hot to make a sick person comfortable. And while the clinic sisters work at a high speed and tries their best to help patients as quickly as possible, it is clear that the facilities are not adequate.

According to a staff member it will cost R10 000 to build additional rooms but the municipality has given them a cold shoulder.

In the meantime the staff try their best to treat patients with infectious diseases away from other patients, but the clinic doesn’t have the luxury of curtains of privacy.

A request for a cooler storage place for medicines was also declined by the municipality.

Van der Linde and Pienaar have committed themselves to taking up the plight of the clinic by taking the issue to the Metro council and the provincial Portfolio Committee on Health in Bhisho.

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