Clinic drive for Acorn res­i­dents

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THE Acorn Val­ley com­mu­nity has ben­e­fited im­mensely from a health drive by the Brei­d­bach Clinic.

Clinic staff paid a sur­prise visit to the com­mu­nity to pro­vide pri­mary health care ser­vices on Mon­day.

Brei­d­bach clinic nurse Bra­zie Ge­nade ac­com­pa­nied by lay coun­sel­lor Wendy Peters and clinic com­mit­tee chair­per­son Des­mond Coet­zee said the visit formed part of a rou­tine out­reach pro­gramme.

“This visit is a rou­tine one and is an at­tempt to bring pri­mary health­care right to the doorsteps of our clients, es­pe­cially those WHO find it dif­fi­cult to han­dle the long dis­tance to the clinic,” Ge­nade said.

“We have pro­vided fam­ily plan­ning, HIV coun­selling and test­ing, im­mu­ni­sa­tion to chil­dren, and as­sisted chronic clients.”

Acorn Val­ley’s eldest res­i­dent, Nana Ja­cobs, 95, said her legs could never have car­ried her over the ap­prox­i­mately 3km dis­tance from her home to Brei­d­bach Clinic to at­tend the drive.

“I am an old woman, my legs are not that strong any­more and I am a soft tar­get for crime if I de­cide to walk to the clinic, so I am thank­ful for them com­ing to us,” said Ja­cobs.

An­other pa­tient, Ma­ri­etta Tay­lor, sug­gested more reg­u­lar vis­its to their area, es­pe­cially for the ben­e­fit of the el­derly, dis­abled, and in­fants in their com­mu­nity.

“We have many se­nior cit­i­zens here as well as dis­abled peo­ple who can­not af­ford to hire ve­hi­cles to take them to the clinic. We would like ser­vices like these more of­ten, maybe once a week. It will be ap­pre­ci­ated by the en­tire com­mu­nity,” said Tay­lor.

Coet­zee com­mended the com­mu­nity for em­brac­ing the op­por­tu­nity.

“The at­ten­dance we see to­day is a clear in­di­ca­tion that the peo­ple of this com­mu­nity are taking their health and those of their chil­dren se­ri­ously, and we as­sist in en­sur­ing that they are in­formed about their health rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” said Coet­zee.

Pic­ture: DES­MOND COET­ZEE

HEALTH INI­TIA­TIVE: Brei­d­bach Clinic pro­fes­sional nurse Bra­zie Ge­nade, left, does a health check on No­sisi Ja­cobs dur­ing a clinic drive to Acorn Vil­lage on Mon­day

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