Wheeling in mobility

2016-06-28 06:00
Celebrating the donation of wheelchairs to the hospital were, from left, Samii Less (Groote Schuur Hospital Facility Board), Imraan Roomaney (Muslim Hands South Africa manager), Professor Edward Coetzee (GSHFB chairperson), Andrea Grobbelaar (deputy nursing manager at Groote Schuur Hospital), Lionel Naidoo (head of allied health at Groote Schuur) and Rogini Pillay (head of the department of occupational therapy at the hospital).

Celebrating the donation of wheelchairs to the hospital were, from left, Samii Less (Groote Schuur Hospital Facility Board), Imraan Roomaney (Muslim Hands South Africa manager), Professor Edward Coetzee (GSHFB chairperson), Andrea Grobbelaar (deputy nursing manager at Groote Schuur Hospital), Lionel Naidoo (head of allied health at Groote Schuur) and Rogini Pillay (head of the department of occupational therapy at the hospital).

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A donation of wheelchairs at Groote Schuur Hospital is helping with mobility at the facility.

Ten wheelchairs were handed over to the hospital last week by Muslim Hands South Africa.

This international aid agency and NGO established in South Africa in 1996 works in over 50 countries and is dedicated to tackling the root causes of poverty around the world.

Hospital spokesperson Alaric Jacobs’n, explains the donors are passionate about working beyond the provision of immediate relief towards supporting communities over the long term.

“The donation, which is worth around R15 000, is needed at the hospital,” he says.

“The chairs were handed over to the Occupational Therapy Department at the hospital and will be used on a ‘home loan’ basis for patients who require wheelchairs for a temporary period,” he says.

“Patients who also go on emergency weekend leave, for example to attend a funeral, but are too weak to be mobile, can also make use of these chairs.

“We have 88 chairs for home loan use, but there is always a need for wheelchairs at the hospital.”

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