Successful open day for Gamalakhe CHC

2018-12-13 06:01
PHOTOS: ntandoyenkosi dlaminiAttending the open day at Gamalakhe Community Health Centre are (back from left) Reverend Drummond Geveza, CHC Committee Chairperson Selby Machi, Acting Manager Masiza Njomi, and community members (front from left) Njabulo Nhlumayo and Zama Zindela.

PHOTOS: ntandoyenkosi dlaminiAttending the open day at Gamalakhe Community Health Centre are (back from left) Reverend Drummond Geveza, CHC Committee Chairperson Selby Machi, Acting Manager Masiza Njomi, and community members (front from left) Njabulo Nhlumayo and Zama Zindela.

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THE Gamalakhe Community Health Centre (CHC) hosted an open day on Friday, November 30.

The day provided an ideal opportunity for community members to enjoy a range of educational talks by doctors, nurses, and management.

With service delivery being a recurring problem at local clinics, the open day provided community members with the opportunity to express their concerns regarding the health centre and also possible solutions.

Acting CHC manager Masiza Njomi emphasised that the health facility is for the people.

“We work for the people so it is important to host such events for them. Each department has pop stands that provide information about that department,’’ he said.

Pharmacy manager Nelisa Dlamini spoke about the advantages and disadvantages of pills. She said pills have the power to kill or heal you. “Which is why we always ask people to bring back expired pills, because disposing of them in a careless manner is not only dangerous but can also lead to pollution.”

She added: “We also use the Central Chronic Medication Dispensing and Distribution programme which reduces the waiting lines and workload. However, we still have a problem, since the programme also allows us to cater for people from surrounding clinics, some people don’t collect their medication.”

The open day was also attended by the centre’s financial manager, committee members, deputy nursing manager, and life insurance representatives who also presented talks.

A question-and-answer session was provided for community members to clarify their misunderstandings about the CHC, after which they were taken on a tour of the health centre.

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