History of Imbalenhle CHC
Imbalenhle Community Health Centre is situated at Imbali, Unit 3 (Ward 22) East
of Pietermaritzburg. It started operating on the 1st of December 1989 and Dr.
Cassimjee was the 1st Superintendent of the Clinic which was still under the
Provincial Health Department. Imbalenhle CHC serves an estimated population of
1, 066 148 from 11 municipal wards.
Imbalenhle CHC was first supported by Fort Napier Hospital and Grey’s Hospital,
and then moved over to Edendale Hospital. It moved from Edendale Hospital to the
District Office in 2004, which was then called Regional B Office and currently
known as the Umgungundlovu District Health Office.
Imbalenhle CHC started with a few nurses who were rendering health services to
the community. The CHC has 6 feeder Municipal Clinics who refer to it and
patients are then refered to Edendale Hospital.
The clinic then, provided Preventive strategies, Youth services, minor ailment
treatment, maternity as well as baby clinic services operating Monday – Friday
07:00 – 16:00. Nurses were trained to render family planning services. Services
were rendered by few dedicated nurses who were dealing with many patients at a
In 2004 Imbalenhle CHC started to operate 24hrs. It currently has a headcount of
± 25000 patients per month. The staff of Imbalenhle CHC managed to work under
pressure with limited staff and extended hours of work (8hrs to 24hrs) and
limited resources. Imbalenhle CHC staff continued to commit and dedicate
themselves in providing quality health care services to the people.
Imbalenhle CHC grew and provided additional services by having an ARV site (also
offering HCT), as well as Dental services. Imbalenhle CHC currently has 8000
registered clients since the accreditation of Imbalenhle CHC ARV Rollout
Programme and the extension of the medical services has impacted positively on
Imbalenhle CHC has a fully functioning management structure and all departments
within the CHC operate effectively and the staff is committed in serving the
needs of the community continuously. The CHC has a Chief Executive Officer,
Chief Human Resource Officer, Deputy Nursing Manager, Medical Manager, Pharmacy
Manager and Finance & Systems Manager posts, all filled with vibrant leaders.
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