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23 May 2013

Use more clinics: Papo

Gauteng residents should make more use of clinics to help ease a strain on hospitals in the province, health MEC Hope Papo said.

Gauteng residents should make more use of clinics to help ease a strain on hospitals in the province, health MEC Hope Papo said on Thursday.

All community health centres offer maternity services, and 26 of them are open 24-hours a day.

Department spokesman Simon Zwane said the number of people visiting Gauteng hospitals had risen sharply in the past three months, putting pressure on health facilities.

Zwane said demand for orthopaedic operations now exceeded all other surgical operations conducted in the province, with more than 10 000 operations carried out each year.

 
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