Fo­rum to open care fa­cil­ity


THE Bon­te­heuwel Joint Peace Fo­rum com­mu­nity care cen­tre is ex­pected to wel­come its first Covid-19-pos­i­tive res­i­dents next week, fol­low­ing the fi­nal stages of prepa­ra­tions this week.

The cen­tre, which was es­tab­lished in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ron­de­bosch Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Net­work, is ex­pected to ac­com­mo­date low-risk Covid-19 pa­tients un­able to safely self-iso­late at home but who want to stay in their neigh­bour­hoods.

The Bon­te­heuwel Mul­tipur­pose Cen­tre was iden­ti­fied and ex­ten­sive re­pairs had to be done.

Joint Peace Fo­rum chair­per­son Na­dia May­man said that in Bon­te­heuwel there were a num­ber of cases demon­strat­ing the ur­gent need for such a lo­cal care cen­tre. She said the daily run­ning of the cen­tre would be man­aged by vol­un­teers.

“Pa­tients who are se­verely ill won’t be ac­com­mo­dated at the cen­tre as this is not a med­i­cal fa­cil­ity. The pur­pose is to as­sist those who have mild symp­toms, who are un­able to self-iso­late at home. Most Covid-19-pos­i­tive peo­ple only ex­pe­ri­ence mild symp­toms and don’t need to be ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal. In all like­li­hood, these peo­ple will re­cover fully with­out any med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion,” she said.

May­man said the cen­tre would con­sist of tem­po­rary beds for Covid-19 pa­tients, a kitchen for cook­ing meals daily, a laun­dry where bed­ding and pa­tient cloth­ing can be cleaned, sep­a­rate shower and toi­let ar­eas for men and women, and a com­mu­nity-sup­ported food gar­den to pro­vide fresh veg­eta­bles to the kitchen.

“We’re try­ing to push for an open day so com­mu­nity mem­bers can come and have a look at what the cen­tre is all about and the changes we’ve made to the cen­tre, and later of­fi­cially open it.

“How­ever we need a num­ber of items, like beds, as we cur­rently have four beds and we have planned 12 beds for the first phase,” she said.

Claire Tap­scott from Ron­de­bosch Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Net­work said es­tab­lish­ing the cen­tre had been “a mas­sive team ef­fort”, with sup­port from the com­mu­nity, churches, lo­cal busi­nesses and in­di­vid­ual donors.

“Re­pairs to the cen­tre and the Le

Bon Food Gar­den be­gan in June and much progress has been made since.

“On Man­dela Day we held a vol­un­teer gar­den­ing and clean-up ses­sion and ap­pealed to the pub­lic to do­nate R67 to­wards the re­pairs of the cen­tre.

“Most re­cently, we held a suc­cess­ful on­line art auc­tion that fea­tured 40 dif­fer­ent art­works. The money raised was shared be­tween the artists and cen­tre re­pairs fund,” she said.

May­man said they were also in need of vol­un­teers to look af­ter the res­i­dents in the cen­tre. They would re­ceive four train­ing ses­sions as well as an in­duc­tion ses­sion.

WORK­ERS clean up out­side the Bon­te­heuwel Mul­ti­plepur­pose Cen­tre which has be­come a com­mu­nity care cen­tre for Covid-19 pa­tients.

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