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Concerns as gang violence hampers services in Elsie's River

The community’s day hospital shut down earlier this week due to ongoing gang violence in the area.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Health Department has raised concerns around gang violence which continues to hamper the delivery of critical services in Elsie's River.

Earlier this week, the Western Cape Emergency Medical Service (EMS) temporarily suspended the transportation of patients to the Elsie's River Day Hospital and maternity ward due to ongoing gang violence in the area.

The day hospital has reopened but security concerns linger.

Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo says she plans to visit the community to discuss collaborative efforts to address the problem.

She says the department has set aside millions of rands to bolster security measures for health care workers and patients.

Mbombo, however, believes gangsterism is part of a bigger problem, aggravated by issues like substance abuse and poverty.

She adds interventions are already underway in the area.