The donation of two mobile clinics towards the Free State Department of Health is set to help boost the provision of service to remote areas. The two mobile clinics, reportedly worth R1,1 million, were donated by the De Beers Group’s Voorspoed Mine near Kroonstad. The handover was held in Kroonstad on Tuesday, 26 March, and is part of a partnership between government and private sector. MEC of Health Montseng Tsiu, said the mobile clinics will enable the department to serve the local communities within Moqhaka, including those living on 420 surrounding farms. “This gesture demonstrates the importance of public and private partnerships to improve the lives of people. With the large population the South African government cannot achieve its objective to maintain the general welfare of its citizens on its own. We need businesses to partner with us in order to enhance a healthy nation,” said Tsiu.Petrus Jordaan, Voorspoed Mine acting general manager, said through this partnership the mining company aims to support the Department of Health in its efforts to extend health care services to all rural areas that form part of the mine’s labour sending area, which is the Moqhaka and Ngwathe Municipality and parts of the Fezile Dabi District. He said the mining group fully supports the department’s agenda to provide access to healthcare services and to ensure that safe, effective, good quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for available for all. “We are hopeful that these mobile clinics will address the need for well-equipped primary health care facilities and contribute positively towards the health and wellness of community members,” said Jordaan. The mobile clinics will provide a comprehensive primary health care service, and operate from 09:00 to 15:00 daily, with a dedicated team consisting of a professional nurse, nursing assistant and a driver. Health services offered will include treatment of minor acute ailments, cholesterol, tuberculosis, diabetes and blood pressure screenings and immunisation for infants.