Si­zol­wethu Mo­bile Health lives up to its name

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/feature - Fea­ture Crys­ta­bel Chikayi

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

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