Caregivers do all to save the aged, sick

2018-12-06 06:02
Caregivers Refilwe Khoaeane and Ntomboxolo Mbeko doing Nolusapho Dalazana(fore) and Ntombozuko Butsheke foot massages.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Caregivers Refilwe Khoaeane and Ntomboxolo Mbeko doing Nolusapho Dalazana(fore) and Ntombozuko Butsheke foot massages.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Senior citizens from Site B were on cloud nine last Thursday as they were pampered by the Caring Network Organisation from Khayelitsha.

The event was held at Usasazo High School.

The organisation offers services like testing for diabetes, high blood, foot massages, checking weight and temperature.

Novelakhe Thubeni (68), from UT informal settlement in Site B, described the event as a great initiative.

“I checked my high blood pressure, to know if I’m still within the required level. They (care givers) told me that everything is fine for now. High blood needs to be monitored because it can kill you anytime,” she Thubeni.

She urged people to treat their chronic diseases.

Nolwethu Mgali , a supervisor at the Caring Network Organisation, described the event as part of giving back to the community.

She emphasized that it was essential for people to go to the clinics to test regularly.

Mgali stated that only people with diabetes are not allowed to do foot massages as the effect can be adverse to their feet.

“Every time there is a big community meeting during the day, we normally come here to render free services to the community,” she said.

She said their daily job is to go door to door visiting vulnerable people, to give them medication.

She said they have a working relationship with Nolungile Day Hospital.

The hospital provides them with equipments like bandages, urine bags, catheters, leg bags, nappies and linen savers to deliver to their clients.

“We also fetch their medication from hospital to deliver to their houses,” she said.

She added that some of the challenges they are facing as caregivers was that some families refused to grant them access inside their homes, saying they do not want to be associated with them.

“Other people are concerned of the stigma than the health of their own children.

“They are worried what their neighbours will think of them as they emerge from their homes.”

The stigma associated with other illnesses still remains within our community.”


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