The new District Six Community Day Centre. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)

Cape Town - The District Six Community Day Centre which is set to provide comprehensive primary healthcare services to the population of Woodstock and surrounding areas of Cape Town, was officially opened on Wednesday.

The R104 million four-storey District Six CDC, which will provide services to Woodstock, Salt River, Vredehoek, Bo-Kaap, the City Bowl, and other surrounding areas, was opened by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo.

Delivering the keynote address, Zille said: “This facility symbolises a bridge in the rebirth of District Six. The significance that this community holds, not only for Cape Town as a city, but the entire nation, is well-known. To be part of this historic occasion is indeed a great honour.”

The Woodstock and Robbie Nurock Community Day Centres had previously serviced the community, before it was decided that these would merge into this new state-of-the-art facility. This new facility forms part of the Province’s R5.6 billion spend on health infrastructure since 2009, which includes R3.8 billion on new and replacement infrastructure, and R1.8bn on maintenance.

According to a statement, the District Six Community Day Centre offers a comprehensive package of services, including child health services, women's healthcare (including antenatal and post-natal care) and treatment of HIV/ AIDS with anti-retrovirals amongst others.

“If there was one thing I would’ve wished to see by the end of my term as Premier, it was a flourishing District Six. We hope the District Six CDC will catalyse the redevelopment of the area, and we hope that work will be resumed soon following the many delays,” said Zille.

African News Agency (ANA)