MEC Dhlomo visits elderly disabled couple

MEC Sbongiseni Dhlomo interacts with Charles Victor during his visit at his home in Phoenix. PHOTO: supplied
MEC Sbongiseni Dhlomo interacts with Charles Victor during his visit at his home in Phoenix. PHOTO: supplied

LIFE will no longer be the same for a disabled, bedridden elderly man from
Phoenix and his visually impaired wife. Phoenix resident Charles Victor (68) had a special visit from MEC for Health Sbongiseni
Dhlomo who handed over a wheelchair to him on April 20 . Victor suffered a stroke which rendered him immobile in January this year.

When the MEC arrived at Victor’s home, he also discovered that his wife Johanna Victor (65) can barely see and is in dire need of a cataract operation.

Victor, whose speech is also impaired, was also seen by Dr Jimmy Mthethwa, chief director of Public Health and Non-Communicable Diseases and deputy manager of the Department’s Disability and Rehabilitation Unit Sithembiso Blose.

They will be providing ongoing advice and support to the couple.

The department said in a statement, Dhlomo made arrangements for Victor’s wife to be transported to McCord’s Eye-Care Hospital for an assessment which is expected to culminate with a cataract operation.

Dhlomo said: “It is very important for the
Department of Health to be receptive and to make house visits where there has been a request for help. We’ve come to this Victor family to provide assistance.”

Johanna thanked MEC Dhlomo for his gesture, describing it as a Godsend.

“We’ve been suffering for so long. We’ve been asking for so long, but there’s been no help. I’m very grateful. God is very wonderful, for sending the MEC and his team to come and help us. God Bless him. I am very happy that we’re getting help. I can’t thank God enough,” said
Johanna .

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