Resident’s health looked after

2019-03-28 06:00
Ward 89 councillor Monde Nqulwana giving out sanitary pads to young girls on Human Rights Day.

Ward 89 councillor Monde Nqulwana giving out sanitary pads to young girls on Human Rights Day.

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Ward 89 councillor Monde Nqulwana gave out sanitary pads, cleaning hampers and first aid kits to residents of his ward in Site B Khayelitsha on Human Rights Day.

He said each ward is allocated a budget of R850 000 to utilise for its residents to better their lives.

Nqulwana said from the budget they decided to set aside R50 000 to help young girls and Early Childhood Development Centres that are not recognised by the Department of Social Development.

“We have a personal hygiene budget where, for the past two years, we have been buying sanitary pads for young girls and cleaning equipment for some of our crèches,” he said.

He said he used to go to two schools in the area to hand out the sanitary pads but not every young girl from his ward attend those schools which is why he decided to go to the community as well.

“On the day we gave out packets to about 500 girls which will last them for at least two months meaning their parents do not have to worry about buying it,” he said.

He said they also identified cases of diarrhoea in the area.

Nqulwana said it is the local government’s job to ensure that people live healthy lives.

He said they want to advocate for free issuing of sanitary pads to young girls because it is a natural thing, they do not ask for it.

He added that the reason they added a first aid kit to the cleaning material given to crèches is because the children play and sometimes get hurt so they do not have to wait for an ambulance and can assist while waiting.

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