With effect from Monday, the new health clinic in Marsaxlokk will offer a range of nine services to residents of Marsaxlokk and the surrounding communities.
The clinic will offer family doctor clinic services, nurses’ clinic, podiatry, physiotherapy, speech pathology, blood service and the service of a nutritionist. The same clinic also includes a mental health clinic to further increase mental health services being provided away from Mount Carmel, and a GU clinic offering complementary services to those given at Mater Dei so that even this category of service will be provided within the community.
During the inauguration, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne expressed his satisfaction that for the first time ever Marsaxlokk residents will be able to receive health services in their own locality.
“This clinic is a link in the chain in this Government’s policy to provide community health services where possible at a level of excellence.”
The Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that during this legislature 12 Health Centres have been opened, being either new or upgraded clinics. Dr Fearne thanked Parliamentary Secretary Alex Muscat for the support being offered by the NDSF for financing these projects, and also thanked the Rector of the University of Malta for offering the land on which the clinic has been built.
Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship and the Communities Alex Muscat stated that the opening of the health clinic at Marsaxlokk is part of a chain of investments in health and evidence of more direct investment in the community.
Muscat added that the National Development Social Fund is making this idea possible from the financial aspect. “An investment in health, which totals 10 million euro. We will continue to invest in people and in our communities,” the Parliamentary Secretary stated.