Mobile clinic pays visit to Qalashe
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
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.
GREAT NEED: Breidbach Clinic staff delivers primary health services to patients in Qalashe