PERSISTENT rain and inclement weather did not deter a group of desperate villagers from grabbing the opportunity to make use of primary health services on their doorstep last week.
Breidbach Clinic operational manager Yoliswa Qamba, accompanied by health promoters Wendy Peters, Loretta Bester, Elize Arends and clinic committee chairman Desmond Coetzee paid a surprise visit to Qalashe where they offered health services to about 30 patients.
“The aim is to form clubs in all of our catchment areas, making it easy for people to access primary health assistance,” said Qamba.
Coetzee said Qalashe has been sidelined for a while and the visit was a necessity as people, especially children, were neglected in terms of health services.
“Everyone has the right to primary health services and the 15km distance [to the clinic] through the dangerous bushes contributes to the fact that our people living here have a huge problem to access the necessity,” Coetzee said.
“The saddest part of the visit, which really brought me to tears was when an elderly blind woman was led by her neighbour to the mobile clinic parked at the Khanyisa Day Care Centre,” he said.
Coetzee reckoned that it was imperative for residents living in the area to voice their concerns in such a manner that it put the possibility of a satellite clinic on the list of necessities at the IDP meeting.
“It is important that a satellite clinic is put in place here which can be of service to both residents of Qalashe and Acorn Valley as circumstances beyond their control make it difficult to visit the Breidbach cinic regularly,” he said.
Bukelwa Zweni, 56, who led the blind woman, Alice Qabaza, 65, said: “You will never know how much we appreciate the mobile clinic coming to our area as we are too afraid to go to Breidbach.”
Qabaza said she was bind, could not walk properly and it was totally impossible for her to take on the long distance to Breidbach or afford to pay someone to take her.
Wandile Hambi, 51, was more concerned about his safety when in Breidbach.
“We have heard about the recent killing of a woman there. That place is full of criminals roaming the streets, so I will never go there.”