Local college makes history

2018-05-08 06:01
False Bay College has launched mobile clinic that will go a long way in helping students.

False Bay College has launched mobile clinic that will go a long way in helping students.

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False Bay College (FBC) launched the first Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) health and wellness mobile clinic in the country on Friday.

The handover of the vehicle took place at the Fish Hoek campus while the college’s intercampus sports day was underway.

Donated by the University of Cape Town (UCT), the college’s mobile clinic will operate in partnership with Kheth’Impilo, the Provincial Department of Health and the City of Cape Town. The clinic will provide on-site testing and screening for HIV, TB and STIs, and will offer family planning to college students.

The college views each student as a whole person. A focus on mental and physical health and wellbeing also helps to build a positive climate on the college’s campuses. Care for health and wellness focuses on support advocacy and education to their students through various activations throughout the year.

Karin Hendricks, acting principal of False Bay TVET College, says the launch of the mobile clinic is indeed a historic milestone for the college.

“We chose to launch the mobile clinic at our intercampus sports day for a reason.

“Health and wellness programmes form part of our strategic focus within student support. As a responsible institution, we want to be able to focus on the students’ cognitive, emotional, social and physical wellbeing. We want to promote student health and educational success through creating a healthy college community,” she says.

Hendricks adds that they want students to be able to make good, responsible choices about their bodies and their health. “We need to advocate and help students realise that they need to make looking after their health a priority,” she says.

Time is a valuable asset to a student and Hendricks says they have recognised that bringing services to the students saves them time.

“Instead of sitting the whole day at the clinic and missing classes, they can access health services on site at the mobile clinic. The mobile clinic will visit each of our five campuses every second week on a rotation basis with a qualified nurse. The college would like to thank Kheth’Impilo CEO, Dr Ashraf Grimwood, for taking hands with the college and supporting the mobile clinic in health service provision to the students of FBC,” says Hendricks.

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