DUT’s CLINIC TO EXPAND TO COMMUNITIES
By: Dale Munatswa
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Durban University of Technology announced that the institution’s clinic will start expanding its services to the larger community because of a grant from the department of Higher Education and Training.
Professor Lina Puckree made the announcement at the official opening of the refurbished Clinic at Ritson Campus on Wednesday evening.
She said, “We have received an additional grant from the Department of Higher Education and Training to take our services from the clinic to the communities. So our clinic will serve as a base from which we will now take services to selected communities that need our services the most.”
Puckree added that the clinic has grown in the course of time, from treating about 50 patients a week in the 90’s to 150 patients a week now. As a result, the R22 million grant was awarded to the institution as part of the Department of Higher Education’s Infrastructure Grant Programme.
According to the Clinic Director Dr Charmaine Korporaal, the Clinic has five departments; Homeopathy, Chiropractic, Dental, Radiography and Somatology. It has a total of 60 students who work on shifts of two days in and 2 days off, as well as 6 part-time and 6 full time clinical staff who are qualified practitioners and 3 administrative support staff.
Korporaal said the building as a whole cost about R22,5 million in total to refurbish, and there was sponsored and donated material which including equipment and charts.
Students expressed great joy and excitement over the new clinic as it will enhance their learning experience and prepare them for industry.
“We have the best equipment that we can have, and very modern facilities. It is very similar with private practice. So when going out there it is not an unfamiliar environment that we are going into,” said Steffan Bloff a fifth year Chiropractic student.
The event was graced by distinguished guests such as speaker of council Logie Naidoo and Vice Chancellor of the University Ahmed Bawa amongst others. Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, could not attend the event because of an emergency meeting.