Ikamva operates nursing clinic

2017-03-23 06:03
Nobahle Madolo, Ikamva Labantu’s new Clinical Nurse Practioner, sits in the brand new nursing surgery facility.

Nobahle Madolo, Ikamva Labantu’s new Clinical Nurse Practioner, sits in the brand new nursing surgery facility.

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Ikamva Labantu on Thursday last week launched a nursing surgery at the Enkululekweni Wellness Centre in Khayelitsha.

The new facility delivers affordable, quality health-care services and helps to alleviate the pressure that clinics and day hospitals in the surrounding area experience on a daily basis.

The unit is owned by Ikamva Labantu and designed and developed by the Cipla Foundation under the Sha’p Left banner, which is supported by the Western Cape Department of Health.

Ananda Nel, Director of Ikamva Labantu says: ‘This project and partnership with the Cipla Foundation has been two years in the making. Today is a dream come true.’

The secure, custom-made unit is fully equipped with storage space, a radio and air conditioning.

The unit includes a reception area and a medical spaza shop, where the public can access over-the-counter medications and personal health-care products.

“This has been a special journey,” says David Grier, Managing Trustee of the Cipla Foundation SA.

“No NGO, no corporate, no individual and no government can solve a country’s problems on their own. The most important person in the contingent is the patient; it’s about getting the best possible service to the patient at the end.”

Ikamva Labantu has employed a full-time Clinical Nurse Practitioner, Nobahle Madolo, who will provide primary health care services and dispense medication, as well as a receptionist to manage the facility.

This is the first time that one of the Sha’p Left Nursing Surgery units will be NGO-owned, providing a sustainable source of income for Ikamva Labantu, while serving the Khayelitsha community at the same time.

All services at the Nursing Surgery must be paid for by clients. Any profit from the project will cover the overheads and the rest will be put back into Ikamva Labantu’s Health Services.

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