A shot in the arm for the North West

Vuk'uzenzele - - Health - More Mat­shediso

apart­ner­ship be­tween the North West De­part­ment of Health, the pri­vate sec­tor and com­mu­ni­ties is sav­ing lives, said Health MEC Magome Masike.

MEC Masike said the de­part­ment has formed part­ner­ships with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers over the years to im­prove the de­liv­ery of health ser­vices.

“We of­fi­cially opened a new chemo­ther­apy cen­tre within the Ra­di­a­tion On­col­ogy Unit at Tshe­p­ong Hos­pi­tal Com­plex in Klerks­dorp in 2017. The con­struc­tion of the cen­tre­came as a re­sult of a do­na­tion by the Mus­lim com­mu­nity,” MEC Masike said.

Pre­vi­ously, pa­tients had to be trans­ported to Gaut­eng to ac­cess cancer treat­ment. “We are try­ing by all means to en­sure that our peo­ple do not have to leave the prov­ince to get ser­vices,” he ex­plained.

Another suc­cess story is a ma­ter­nity ward worth R6 mil­lion that was do­nated by An­glo Gold Ashanti. It was opened in May 2016 in the Bot­sha­belo Com­mu­nity Health Cen­tre in Stil­fontein’s Khuma Town­ship.

Ac­cord­ing to the MEC, about 446 healthy ba­bies have been de­liv­ered in the cen­tre since then.

One of the chal­lenges re­ported by the de­part­ment was a short­age of ve­hi­cles but Lon­min came to the res­cue with an R11 mil­lion do­na­tion of 17 am­bu­lances, a pa­tient trans­porter and two mo­bile school health units.

Four of the ve­hi­cles will be per­ma­nently sta­tioned at the Bapong Com­mu­nity Health Cen­tre, while the re­main­der will ser­vice the Bo­janala Plat­inum Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, which in­cludes Kgetlen­griv­ier, Madibeng, Moses Kotane, Moretele and Rusten­burg.

Mat­lou Mok­gotho of Moru­leng in the Moses Kotane Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity said that al­though she per­son­ally has never had to call an am­bu­lance, she had wit­nessed how fel­low com­mu­nity mem­bers strug­gled to get emer­gency ser­vices be­cause of the un­avail­abil­ity of am­bu­lances.

Lon­min’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of stake­holder en­gage­ment and reg­u­la­tory af­fairs, Than­deka Ncube, said the com­pany has com­mit­ted to as­sist­ing the de­part­ment by pro­vid­ing it with the re­sources that it does not have or can­not af­ford. She ex­plained that the end goal is to en­sure that all res­i­dents have ac­cess to ad­e­quate pri­mary health­care within their vicini­ties.

Fu­ture Lon­min projects in­clude a foren­sic mor­tu­ary, a com­mu­nity health­care cen­tre for the Marikana com­mu­nity, and a mul­tipur­pose com­mu­nity cen­tre for Ma­jaka­neng res­i­dents.

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