Residents of Tsimiyane and Malebitsa became the proudest in the region when the MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba opened the newly built Matlala Multi Drug Resistance Unit and Health Support Centre (offers services such as dental and physiotherapy) on 11 September 2018. While on the other hand the cries of Malebitsa for a new clinic were answered in the form of a state of the art clinic.
The MEC of Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba was accompanied by the Limpopo Treasury MEC Rob Tooley during the opening of MDR-unit and Health Support Centre. The latter offers different services of dental, radiography and physiotherapy. The MEC Phophi Ramathuba praised the community for not destroying property when raising their grievances. She further said Department of Health is committed in improving the lives of ordinary people.
MDR unit and Health Support Centre are nestled in the premises of Matlala Hospital. MDR unit is the first in the Sekhukhune region and will assist to relief the burden. MDR patients had to endure long travelling distance to Modimolle Hospital for a specialised medical care. When walking in the corridors of these buildings you are greeted by a sight of newly purchased medical equipments and furniture.
As if this gesture was not enough, residents of Malebitsa were smiling eye to eye on 17 September 2018.This was due to long awaited clinic in the area. The sleepy village came to a standstill on Monday during the opening of the Vlalpaats Clinic. The clinic has four consulting room, emergency room and maternity section. This marked a new dawn for the community as they had to travel 75 kilometres to Philadelphia Hospital in Dennilton.
The marquee of Malebitsa Community Hall and Sport Ground was filled to the brim during the official opening of the clinic. The event attracted the Matabane Tribal Authority and Ephraim Mogale Municipality. During her address Dr Phophi Ramathuba said the department is committed for the clinic to operate 24 hours and to provide much needed skills of staff to the clinic. She pleaded with the community to protect the clinic against any form of crime. This is in reference to spate of criminal acts that took place at various clinics in the province. A jubilant resident of Malebitsa Ms Christina Mokonyane said” she is happy that the clinic is now officially opened and since the start of the village in 1962 there was no health care facility in the area.