Campaign spotlights health

2018-02-07 06:00
The Re A Fola Health Promotion was introduced to the community of Groenwater.Photo: Supplied

The Re A Fola Health Promotion was introduced to the community of Groenwater.Photo: Supplied

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Residents of the Tsantsabane Local Municipality will see an end to challenges of limited primary health care services in rural communities through bringing public health care closer to the people.

This is all thanks to the Sishen Iron Ore Company (SIOC) Community Development Trust (CDT) introducing the Re A Fola Health Promotion to the community of Groenwater.

SIOC-CDT is the’s community development trust established in 2006 by Kumba Iron Ore Limited in order to invest in the development of the communities in which the company operates.

The trust is reported to focus primarily on beneficiary communities adjacent to SIOC mining activities in the Northern Cape.

The launch was held on Wednesday 25 January in partnership with the ZF Mgcawu District Department of Health.

The project has the potential of ensuring that rural communities of the Tsantsabane Local Municipality are well-informed about issues affecting their health.

The clinic will also take the load off Postmasburg Hospital, since vulnerable people, including the elderly from Jenn Haven, Groenwater, Skeyfontein, Maremane and Groenwater, will no longer have to travel long distances to access health care.

Screenings for cervical cancer, eye testing, HIV tests and oral care will be done during the visits, which will be on a monthly basis.

Promotion of health awareness, mainly on HIV/AIDS, cancer, TB, preventable diseases and non-communicable diseases, will also be done.

Tao Mutsago, the SIOC-CDT’s head of projects, expressed his pride for their intervention measures during the launch.

“We are very proud of this intervention, as it supports the trust’s mission to create partnerships for the empowerment of our beneficiary communities,” said Mutsago.

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