Northdale: New clinic for HIV+ children

2009-08-28 00:00

HIV-POSITIVE children are set to benefit from the Thembalethu Wellness Clinic at Northdale Hospital, which was launched yesterday to treat the 1 000 children on the hospital’s anti-retroviral programmes. At least 30 children are to be treated daily.

Speaking at the launch of the clinic yesterday, Northdale acting manager Jabulani Zimu said the clinic is the product of the combined efforts of the hospital, the Health Department and international donors.

“This clinic will aim to give the children the best medical care,” he said, adding that the clinic will ensure that children are given holistic treatment independently of the adult patients.

Dr Caruso Tumino, speaking for one of the Italian funders, said: “In Pietermaritzburg, we are currently supporting 100 children and we are also getting involved with the local orphanages …”

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