Focus on vulnerable

2017-05-17 06:00
Dr Ihsaan Ahmed performs a dental screening on a patient while another patient looks on. Ahmed is a member of the group of medical practitioners who worked to improve the health care of the poor and vulnerable at the Sinothando Children Centre in Kimberley on Saturday (13/05). Photo: Boipelo Mere

Dr Ihsaan Ahmed performs a dental screening on a patient while another patient looks on. Ahmed is a member of the group of medical practitioners who worked to improve the health care of the poor and vulnerable at the Sinothando Children Centre in Kimberley on Saturday (13/05). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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A group of medical practitioners worked to improve the quality of life of the poor and vulnerable in Kimberley on Saturday (13/05).

On this day, the attention was on the children and staff of the ­Sino-thando Children Centre who visited the Infinity Health Medical Centre in the Kimberley central business district.

The visitors each received a full medical screening to evaluate their health.

Wellness talks and the showing of educational videos were part of the programme and the children’s faces were painted.

According to Ipeleng Louw of the centre, this was a pilot project.

It was a day well spent for one of the children, who also celebrated his 12th birthday.

For him, the highlight of the day was when he was given the opportunity to become an assistant dentist to Dr Ihsaan Ahmed and helped to perform a dental screening.

This youngster, who considers becoming a dentist one day, was quick to point out the spots on the patient’s teeth that needed attention and used the information that he had heard during a wellness talk to give input during the screening.

Louw says the medical centre would keep their relationship with Sino-thando intact and see to it that all those who were screened and need medical treatment were referred back to the centre for treatment.

Louw said the programme included psychometric assessment for the staff of Sinothando in an effort to strengthen and develop them to perform optimally.

“We will be in contact with them with intervention measures, because it is in the children’s interest.

“The staff working with these child-ren take the burden of their work home and struggle to separate the environments psychologically,” Louw said.

The programme was excitedly welcomed by Horatius Billy, the Sino-thando team leader, who said they appreciated it to be part of such an initiative.

“We hope that this partnership continues,” he said.

According to Billy, they had been using the services of public clinics and those of a part-time nurse who could visit them only in the afternoons.

“This is the first time that we have been offered the opportunity of using private health care.

“We are very happy that they have reached out to us and we will cherish this opportunity.

“We will thus also encourage our families and the community out there to use their services and make them grow from strength to strength,” Billy said.

The staff of Infinity Health Medical Centre ended the programme by handing over a gift set, containing reading material, stationery and educational movies, to the Sinothando Children Centre.

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