Health dona­tions to help

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By SI­NE­SIPHO GO­QWANA

The Provin­cial Depart­ment of Health hosted an of­fi­cial hand­ing over of med­i­cal equip­ment which in­cluded a col­po­scope and med­i­cal basins.A col­po­scope is a ma­chine that closely ex­am­ines a woman's cervix for any kinds of dis­eases or in­fec­tions. This ma- chine is also used to de­ter­mine the amount of dam­age done to rape vic­tims by the per­son that rapes them.

The Mem­ber of the Ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, (MEC), Dr Pumza Dyan­tyi was present to hand over the ma­chines to Set­tlers Hospi­tal and says that their depart­ment is hand­ing out a to­tal of 15 col­po­scopes to hos­pi­tals in the Eastern Cape.

“We have spent R4 mil­lion for these ma­chines as a depart­ment as they are dual pur­pose ma­chines and are di­ag­nos­tic ma­chines,” she said.

She also en­cour­aged peo­ple to have pap smear tests as it was im­por­tant to reduce the risk of can­cer. Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion: Se­nior Ed­u­ca­tion Spe­cial­ist in HIV/AIDS Pro­grammes in the Gra­ham­stown Dis­trict, Lumka Lan­guza said that their depart­ment was hon­oured to be in­vited to this event at this very sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod of 16 days of ac­tivism against women and chil­dren.

“Most of our schools and com­mu­ni­ties are chal­lenged by a high rate of rape, al­co­hol and sub­stance abuse so the depart­ment adopts this cam­paign and it’s in­ter­ven­tion strate­gies,” she said. Lan­guza also said her depart­ment will con­tinue to raise aware­ness among schools and their com­mu­ni­ties about the neg­a­tive im­pact that vi­o­lence and crime has, es­pe­cially on women and chil­dren. “It is our man­date and obli­ga­tion to work to­gether as stake­hold­ers within and out­side the depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion to pro­vide safety for our chil­dren, in­clud­ing pro­tec­tion against vi­o­lence,”she added.

Photo: Si­ne­sipho Go­qwana

Em­ploy­ees from the health depart­ment per­form­ing a tra­di­tional dance for the peo­ple who were at­tend­ing the hand over at In­door Sports Cen­tre.

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