Help for hungry Kuyasa patients

2020-02-06 06:00
Kuyasa Clinic patients served with a cup of soup and bread.PHOTOS: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Kuyasa Clinic patients served with a cup of soup and bread.PHOTOS: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Patients at Kuyasa Clinic in Khayelitsha received some much-needed help on Thursday 30 January when a leading retailer delivered some soup and bread for them.

The clinic caters for patients from underprivileged areas who often wait for medical care and medication on empty stomachs. If they do not bring food from home, the only meals available are cake and chicken feet sold outside the clinic.

Proportional Representative (PR) councillor for the DA Thulani Dasa said after working with the clinic he saw that some patients were hungry because they did not have food.

“The poorest of the poor from the community come to get their medication from the clinic and most of the times on empty stomachs because they do not have food,” he said.

Dasa said having to wait for hours on an empty stomach is not ideal for someone who is sick.

He said he then decided to do something about this after speaking to the clinic manager who said there is nothing they can do when it comes to providing food for the patients.

“I approached Shoprite to help us and they agreed and today they are here to fulfil their promise,” he said.

Shoprite’s Group corporate social investment (CSI) manager Lunga Schoeman said after getting the call from Dasa they wanted to get involved.

The retailer brought their food truck to the clinic which served a cup of soup and bread. Shoprite also donated seeds, watering cans and a hosepipe so the clinic can start a food garden that can help feed patients.

Kuyasa resident Veliswa Poni said she is thankful for the donation because it will help a lot of people.

“When we see sick people not getting better we always think the medication is not working but it is because they are taking the medication on empty stomachs,” said Poni.

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