Just the medicine for Man­dela Day

Hos­pi­tals open doors in spirit of Madiba

The Star Early Edition - - MANDELA DAY - MASABATA MKWANANZI @Sa­bie_M

FREE health­care was top of the agenda for the Clinix Health Group which car­ried out med­i­cal pro­ce­dures free of charge as part of their Man­dela Day ini­tia­tive.

Yes­ter­day, the pri­vate hos­pi­tal group opened its doors and theatres to some of the most im­pov­er­ished peo­ple in need of med­i­cal treat­ment.

Clinix mar­ket­ing con­sul­tant Zinhle Mthembu said the project was car­ried out in part­ner­ship with spe­cial­ists, pathol­o­gists and ra­di­ol­o­gists.

Mthembu added that, in the spirit of Man­dela month, the group would host open days at all their acute hos­pi­tal fa­cil­i­ties on Satur­day, Tues­day and July 29.

“The aim is to per­form a min­i­mum of 67 pro­ce­dures as part of the Man­dela Month cel­e­bra­tions.”

Mthembu added that since the theme for the month was “Take Ac­tion, In­spire Change”, their man­date was to de­liver af­ford­able, qual­ity and ac­ces­si­ble health­care to the dis­ad­van­taged.

She said those se­lected for the 67 pro­ce­dures had con­sul­ta­tions and their treat­ment was then con­firmed.

The ini­tia­tive kicked off on Satur­day with cataract re­movals at the Clinix NalediNkanyezi Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal in the Vaal, fol­lowed by cir­cum­ci­sions and prostate biop­sies at the Clinix Tshepo-Themba Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day.

One of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries, Le­sego Ntswakai, had brought her two sons to the Tshe­p­oThemba for cir­cum­ci­sion.

Ntswakai would not have been able to af­ford the cost for the pro­ce­dure and would have had to then take them to a pub­lic hos­pi­tal.

“We would have waited in long queues and wouldn’t have been given a class on how to take care of the wounds. The staff (here) treated me as if I had paid them.”

She learnt about the open day through her child’s crèche.

“The treat­ment from the staff is over­whelm­ing and I want to thank them,” she said.

Ntswakai added that both of her sons, aged 17 and four, were cir­cum­cised.

Than­deka Mok­gosi’s twoyear-old son was also se­lected for cir­cum­ci­sion.

The de­lighted mother said the staff were re­ally help­ful and the ser­vice was ex­cep­tional.

Both moms were given lessons on how to take care of their chil­dren’s wounds.

Dr Bon­gani Mbatha and Dr Mor­ris Choke, sur­geons at Clonix Tshepo-Themba Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal, said that they had cho­sen cir­cum­ci­sion as their way of try­ing to lower the risk of HIV in­fec­tions.

Mbatha said he had started op­er­at­ing at 6am and had op­er­ated on 14 pa­tients.

All pro­ce­dures were suc­cess­ful, he added.

The doc­tors said they hoped to do more in giv­ing back to com­mu­nity this month and other op­er­a­tions would be sched­uled in other Clinix fa­cil­i­ties.

CUT ABOVE: Dr Bon­gani Mbatha and Dr Mor­ris Choke marked Man­dela Day by op­er­at­ing free of charge.

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