Lonely people visited

2016-09-07 06:00
EMPLOYEES of Avbob paid a courtesy visit to patients at the National Hospital in Bloemfontein as part of the Make A difference initiative on 19 August. From the left are, front: Ontlametse Sereo and Alleta Matebesi; back: Mbulelo Makhaphela, Mmatli Mahbuke (nurse) Moloi Fedile, Nombulelo Kunene, Agnes Sondo, Neo Ranthako, Jane Sehlabaka, Boitumelo Mogoloane, Khabidi Molaadira (nurse) and Sabie Maboea (district manager: Bloemfontein Life). Photo: Supplied

EMPLOYEES of Avbob paid a courtesy visit to patients at the National Hospital in Bloemfontein as part of the Make A difference initiative on 19 August. From the left are, front: Ontlametse Sereo and Alleta Matebesi; back: Mbulelo Makhaphela, Mmatli Mahbuke (nurse) Moloi Fedile, Nombulelo Kunene, Agnes Sondo, Neo Ranthako, Jane Sehlabaka, Boitumelo Mogoloane, Khabidi Molaadira (nurse) and Sabie Maboea (district manager: Bloemfontein Life). Photo: Supplied

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PATIENTS and prisoners who may feel that they have been abandoned by their loved ones, have had their sense of belonging restored through the Make A difference Day initiative on 19 August.

This outreach initiative was undertaken by charitable Avbob employees as part of Women’s Month celebrations. They mostly targeted people whose loved ones, for various reasons, found it difficult to visit them.

Sabie Maboea, district manager, said the Departments of Health and Correctional Services assisted in identifying these people in an effort to help alleviate patient and inmate suffering.

She said that during their interaction with them, they found that financial difficulty was the main reason for the of neglect by the families and friends.

The group paid a courtesy visit to 60 prisoners at the Grootvlei Correctional Centre and patients with chronic illness at the National Hospital. The goodwill gesture saw hampers of fruit, food and toiletries donated to identified detainees and patients.

“The gesture made a difference in that it gave them hope, brought smiles to their faces and helped to alleviate their suffering, as well as uplift them spiritually through prayer,” Maboea said.

She said inmates were encouraged to undergo voluntary testing to know their health status and be informed about risk factors contributing to ill health.

Voluntary testing was undertaken at the newly-established settlement of Khayelitsha where food and fruit hampers were donated to less-fortunate families. Nurses also received tokens of appreciation.

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