Community outreach yields results

2018-11-08 06:01
Mfuleni Community Day Centre manager Mzwamadoda Gaji informing the community members about the services that they are rendering in the centre.       PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

Mfuleni Community Day Centre manager Mzwamadoda Gaji informing the community members about the services that they are rendering in the centre. PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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Numerous non-profit-organisations (NPOs) in Mfuleni joined the local Community Day Centre on Friday during an Open Day to educate residents about critical health related matters.

The event, which was supported by Kheth’impilo, Heads Up, Afrika Tikkun and Project Mind, the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems), was held at the Power Child Playground.

Residents were educated about a range of chronic illnesses, women and children’s health.

Several Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDs) representatives attended the event, where scores of children were examined for a range of illnesses, including oral hygiene.

Likhona Ithemba Educare Centre educator Nwabisa Nomabathu, described the event as a great initiative for the community.

“The doctors examined the children because others (children) have sores on their bodies and checked their teeth. They (doctors) said they will send letters to the school for results,” said Nomabathu.

Sindiswa Ncokwana, who is working for Kheth’impilo’s HIV Testing Services, said HIV positive people were referred to the clinic.

Mfuleni CDC manager Mzwamadoda Gaji said their objective is to inform the community about various services available at the clinic.

“We also want to introduce our people to the NPO’s which we are working with who are rendering the same services that we are doing. Instead of people coming to the clinic they can also go to them,” said Gaji.

He said since diarrhoea becomes prevalent at this time of the year, they encourage parents to take children to the nearest clinics and those with chronic diseases will be referred to the appropriate facility.

Gaji described said the major challenge was that patients fail to keep their appointments.

“Out of 40 people that have appointments about 10 of them don’t come. And that is worrying us because we don’t know what will happen next to them,” he said.

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