Mo­bile clinic pays visit to Qalashe

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PER­SIS­TENT rain and in­clement weather did not de­ter a group of des­per­ate vil­lagers from grab­bing the op­por­tu­nity to make use of pri­mary health ser­vices on their doorstep last week.

Brei­d­bach Clinic op­er­a­tional man­ager Yoliswa Qamba, ac­com­pa­nied by health pro­mot­ers Wendy Peters, Loretta Bester, El­ize Arends and clinic com­mit­tee chair­man Des­mond Coet­zee paid a sur­prise visit to Qalashe where they of­fered health ser­vices to about 30 pa­tients.

“The aim is to form clubs in all of our catch­ment ar­eas, mak­ing it easy for peo­ple to ac­cess pri­mary health as­sis­tance,” said Qamba.

Coet­zee said Qalashe has been side­lined for a while and the visit was a ne­ces­sity as peo­ple, es­pe­cially chil­dren, were ne­glected in terms of health ser­vices.

“Every­one has the right to pri­mary health ser­vices and the 15km dis­tance [to the clinic] through the dan­ger­ous bushes con­trib­utes to the fact that our peo­ple liv­ing here have a huge prob­lem to ac­cess the ne­ces­sity,” Coet­zee said.

“The sad­dest part of the visit, which re­ally brought me to tears was when an el­derly blind woman was led by her neigh­bour to the mo­bile clinic parked at the Khany­isa Day Care Cen­tre,” he said.

Coet­zee reck­oned that it was im­per­a­tive for res­i­dents liv­ing in the area to voice their con­cerns in such a man­ner that it put the pos­si­bil­ity of a satel­lite clinic on the list of ne­ces­si­ties at the IDP meet­ing.

“It is im­por­tant that a satel­lite clinic is put in place here which can be of ser­vice to both res­i­dents of Qalashe and Acorn Val­ley as cir­cum­stances be­yond their con­trol make it dif­fi­cult to visit the Brei­d­bach cinic reg­u­larly,” he said.

Bukelwa Zweni, 56, who led the blind woman, Alice Qabaza, 65, said: “You will never know how much we ap­pre­ci­ate the mo­bile clinic com­ing to our area as we are too afraid to go to Brei­d­bach.”

Qabaza said she was bind, could not walk prop­erly and it was to­tally im­pos­si­ble for her to take on the long dis­tance to Brei­d­bach or af­ford to pay some­one to take her.

Wandile Hambi, 51, was more con­cerned about his safety when in Brei­d­bach.

“We have heard about the re­cent killing of a woman there. That place is full of crim­i­nals roam­ing the streets, so I will never go there.” HER­ITAGE Day was cel­e­brated with great en­thu­si­asm and in true fash­ion by of­fi­cials from the depart­ment of cor­rec­tional ser­vices (DCS) at their King Wil­liam’s Town of­fice on Fri­day.

Of­fi­cials rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent cul­tural groups per­formed tra­di­tional dances while de­li­cious dishes also formed part of the fes­tiv­i­ties.

DCS com­mu­ni­ca­tions head Sivuy­isiwe Matanga said of­fi­cials were di­vided into four cul­tural “clans”, dress­ing up in tra­di­tional at­tire and pre­par­ing tra­di­tional food.

“The four clans – amaXhosa, coloureds, whites and Sothos – made a pre­sen­ta­tion of their cul­ture, tra­di­tions and their food which was assessed and a win­ner cho­sen by man­age­ment,” Matanga said.

“The funds for the event were popped out of our pock­ets as this is also a way of team-build­ing,” she said.

Go­ing around the dif­fer­ent cul­tures it was very in­ter­est­ing to learn and see how much the of­fi­cials knew about their var­i­ous cul­tures and the di­ver­si­ties of the clans.

In the far cor­ner were the coloureds busy around a fire with some of­fi­cials en­joy­ing the scrump­tious food while oth­ers were hav­ing fun danc­ing to some Afrikaans songs.

“We rep­re­sent the coloured clan and are busy with our potjiekos and mak­ing dumplings as we just love it,” group leader Luyanda Poswa said.

A few me­tres away, were the whites around a beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated ta­ble where wine, cake and sal­ads were on dis­play.

Leader Nol­wan­dle Hol­i­day said: “We have wine, braai meat and snacks with car­rot cake as dessert to rep­re­sent Western cul­ture.”

The Sotho clan with Verona Casper as their leader had on dis­play at their ta­ble (samp and beans),

(pot bread), (chicken feet) and

(chicken liv­ers).

The last clan was the amaXhosa and Ber­na­dine Jeggels said they pre­pared (crumbly mealie pap), (maize meal and spinach) and They also made some and gin­ger beer.

It then went straight to the ad­ju­di­ca­tion team as they did their rounds for their as­sess­ment. The team con­sisted of area com­mis­sioner Nolitha Mangx­ila, fi­nance area co­or­di­na­tor Ben­jamin Mncedane, Ge­orge Mkhu­l­uli and Xo­lile Bhe.

The amaXhosa came out tops fol­lowed by the Sotho clan and the coloureds in third place.

Pic­ture: DES­MOND COET­ZEE

GREAT NEED: Brei­d­bach Clinic staff de­liv­ers pri­mary health ser­vices to pa­tients in Qalashe

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