Sizolwethu Mobile Health lives up to its name
been of great help to the community, which had seen its inhabitants suffer due to logistical and financial constraints.
It has become a pioneer in offering health services and also come to the rescue of the inhabitants of Mazwi village who can’t afford to pay for medical services by offering financial aid.
Among the organisation’s beneficiaries is Mr Phineas Khumalo, who fell off a tree while cutting firewood and broke his leg. He had a torrid time accessing medical attention before learning of Sizolwethu Mobile Health.
His family had no money to hire a car to take him to Pumula Clinic neither did they have enough to take him to Khami Hospital.
They tried to administer first aid before they realised they were not helping the situation.
The family was yet to learn of Sizolwethu Mobile Health, where it was discovered Mr Khumalo had also dislocated his hip.
Realising the extent of his injury, Sizolwethu Mobile Health referred him to an orthopaedic surgeon and also paid for the procedure to treat the injury.
The operation was successful and Mr Khumalo is recovering well.
Sizolwethu Mobile Health is a Christian-based organisation with stakeholders which include businesses, medical personnel and churches.
The organisation’s project manager Mrs Shelta Masina said the facility is important to Mazwi villagers as its staffers educate villagers about different diseases and how they can be treated.
The teams seek to improve rural health and visit the village twice a month.
“Our organisation aims at saving lives by providing services in health education, health care and health related community development. We try to ensure that villagers are well informed about different diseases.
“Health tips are also given so that people may be able to manage the diseases on their own,” said Mrs Masina.
She said Sizolwethu Mobile Health helps meet the financial needs of families who can’t afford to pay for medical assistance.
“We visit the people with nurses. Villagers bring the sick who are offered medical assistance. The nurses give patients all medication necessary.
“There are cases in which we have had patients that need specialised attention, such people are taken to hospitals and we settle their hospital bills,” said Mrs Masina.
Through the organisation, teams of nurses, health educators and helpers regularly visit a number of under-privileged rural and peri-urban communities to offer their expert services.
The need to mobilise health teams in the area arose in 2015 after the realisation that most people in underprivileged rural and peri-urban communities are unemployed and can’t afford medication.
Information dissemination and its uptake are low in the area as villagers have no access to media and lag behind in information communication technologies.
The mobile health facility has been a necessary addition to the community as it keeps villagers abreast with health information and services.
Sizolwethu Mobile Health also donates equipment to hospitals, such that at times, patients from the periurban communities they operate from are attended to for no cost at the hospitals they donate to.
The organisation also invites doctors from overseas to conduct medical outreach programmes free of charge.
“As an organisation, we invite international doctors three times a year to come and help with our mobile clinics by offering both medical counselling and medical attention.
“This year, we are bringing in nine international doctors. We will be bringing them to the Mazwi community on September 21,” said Mrs Masina.
Sizolwethu Mobile Health works in partnership with the Bulawayo City Council.
The organisation thrives on funding and donations from well-wishers to keep things going and be able to provide its services to different communities.
“Our donors come from different local churches as we have no affiliation with one church. We also apply for funding from the donor community.
“We even approach different companies, tell them who we are and what we do and if they are willing, they donate as much as they can,” said Mrs Masina.
The organisation has expanded its help to other areas including Fort Rixon and Phakamani near Lupane.
Sizolwethu Mobile Health is continuously looking for new opportunities to improve access to quality health education and clinical care in rural communities across the region as rural communities desperately need their help.
Sizolwethi Mobile Health staff assist residents of Mazwi village