A robbery at Kuyasa clinic in Khayelitsha which forced the clinic to close its doors, has left nearby clinics flooded with patients who cannot get treatment at Kuyasa.
The break in at Kuyasa clinic happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The thieves entered using a crowbar and left with several things, including new computers.
The uninterrupted power supply (UPS) cabinet was damaged.
According to City of Cape Town Mayco Member for Community Services and Health, Zahid Badroodien the robbery was a “significant setback for health services in the area”.
The Kuyasa Community Day Centre treated on average 400 patients per day with close to 5 000 patients on antiretroviral treatment and it manages about 500 TB patients per year.
“Clients come from Kuyasa, but also surrounding areas like Monwabisi Park, Enkanini, Ezwelitsha and Harare – a collective population of nearly 150 000.”
A security guard at Kuyasa said his colleagues who were on duty during the robbery went to investigate and saw three men drop a cupboard with medication. The robbers fled, armed with knives and a crowbar.
One senior staff member at Kuyasa said nurses had to turn patients away on Wednesday.
“We are supposed to close down the clinic, but we are open just so that we can deal with emergencies.”
At Michael Mapongwana clinic, a nurse said the facility was flooded with additional patients who usually get treatment at Kuyasa clinic.
She added that nurses did not turn away anyone despite the increased work pressure.
Badroodien encouraged people with information about the robbery to assist the police to find the perpetrators.