Eastern Cape Health Department hands over 85 mobile clinics

BY ASAVELA FEKEMA - MAY 30, 2016

The Eastern Cape Department of Health handed over 85 mobile clinics that will be distributed to the Eastern Cape’s often remote and poor rural areas on Sunday.

The aim of these clinics is to improve access to health services for residents living in those communities. The mobile clinics are expected to assist many with primary medication, such as medicine for chronic ailments like diabetics that sufferers often have to access at hospitals and clinics located many kilometres away from their homes.

This has been a constant challenge especially for the elderly, who could neither travel nor have money for travelling, which meant they would skip their treatments.

One of the areas that benefited was a rural area just outside East London, called Mooiplaas. Community members said that it was the kind of service they have been waiting for and they will no longer be travelling long distances.

A resident, Nomama Josana, said; “We are getting old now, and we have very poor eyesight we are not able to walk long distances. These clinics are going to be a great relief to us.”

Eastern Capes MEC for Health, Dr Phumza Dyantyi, told the media that government has “invested a lot of money in getting these mobile clinics, an investment which is close to R1 billion”.