Mobile clinic donated to municipality

2016-03-18 06:00
 Photo: Siphelele Nketo The community gathered at the handover of the mobile clinic.

Photo: Siphelele Nketo The community gathered at the handover of the mobile clinic.

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RURAL Matatiele villagers will no longer have to queue at clinics to get medication.

Last Friday the Department of Health in the Alfred Nzo district handed a fully equipped mobile clinic and a NHI truck to the municipality.

The handover took place a KwaQili, Ward 18 outside Matatiele and the community, at the hand said: “Ude wabonwa nasithi ekugqibeleni. (At last we have seen him.)

Zimele Mathandela said this mobile clinic is going to bring change to many lives.

"We thought government had forgotten us. For the past 10 years we have been waiting for government to rebuild the Nyaniso clinic, which was destroyed by a tornado.

“We sent many requests to the municipality asking it to build roads for us and install electricity."

Mathandela said poor community members were forced travel long distances to get health care, but the mobile clinic will now visit villages that have no clinic.

General manager of health programmes in Alfred Nzo, Lizo Ngxata, said Matatiele has many rural areas and the department saw the need for a mobile clinic and NHI truck will travel through the area.

"Alfred Nzo has received two NHI trucks this year. The other one is for Mzimvubu Municipality. Our aim is to ensure that people receive good health treatment.

“We don't want to see long queues at our service centres.

“Our community care workers will work with traditional leaders and councillors and invite the truck to their area.

“We don't want this truck to be kept in the municipality offices when people need it."

The Nyaniso clinic is being built a few metres from where the damaged clinic stood and will be completed by June.

"It is going to serve the Ward 18 community and other neighbouring wards."

After the handover more than 100 community members were given food parcels from South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).

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