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Cookhouse Wind Farm supports community health through Ward Based Outreach Teams

Dec 3, 2018
Cookhouse Wind Farm supports community health through Ward Based Outreach Teams

Cookhouse Wind Farm has put their support behind the Department of Health’s community initiative, by funding two vacant posts in the Ward Based Outreach Teams (WBOT).

Teams provide supplementary health care services to communities that reside within a 5km radius of at Mzamomhle Clinic, in Bedford, and Nomakhwezi Makenyana Clinic, in Adelaide.

A third of the community health work forming part of the Mobile Clinic Team renders services to the farming communities of Bedford and Adelaide.

“In essence, these three community focused health teams, form the link between community and local area clinics to reduce any identified gaps and create awareness around certain health matters. This is a critical service, especially for post-natal care, lost to follow-up patients as well as for the elderly and invalid,” explained Elton Gordon, Special Projects Manager for Cookhouse Wind Farm.

Training is provided by the Department of Health to ensure that members of the WBOT are able to carry out the required daily services such as household profiling to ascertain the community’s specific needs at each household. Should health issues be identified, the person is referred to the supporting clinic.

These carers form a crucial role in the tracing of defaulters, such as TB and HIV patients who are not completing their medication cycle.

"Community members are appreciative of home visits, as it affords them more privacy,” said Home-Based Carer, Vuyokazi Ngxelo. She went on to add that bed-ridden community members benefit enormously from these home visits, as it is so hard for them to make their way to the clinic.

Cookhouse Wind Farm Ward Based Outreach Teams important

Ward Based Outreach Teams play a strategic role in supporting the Department of Health’s universal health coverage programme within local communities.

The objective are to responding to needs of children under 5 years; reduce burden of disease and promote health; offer screening coverage of chronic illnesses increased; reduce HIV infection rate reduced by 15% by 2019; reduce TB death rate reduced 30% in 2019; reduce Maternal Mortality Ratio Reduced to less than 100 per 100 000 population by 2019; and reduce Child Mortality to less than 34 per 1000 population by 2019.

This funding forms part of the Cookhouse Health Care Flagship programme, a three-year high impact initiative, in the four beneficiary towns of Cookhouse, Adelaide, Somerset East and Bedford. The aim is primarily to support quality primary healthcare through resourcing of public clinics.

The flagship programme is being piloted at Mzamomhle Clinic in Bedford and Nomakhwezi Makenyana Clinic in Adelaide, where support has been provided to address the shortage in medical equipment and the resulting impact on nursing staff’s ability to render quality healthcare to patients.

Furthermore, Cookhouse Wind Farm through the Healthcare Flagship Initiative, will be procuring medical equipment for Bhongweni Clinic in Cookhouse, Aeroville Clinic in Aeroville, Beatrice Ngwentle Clinic, Vera Barford and Union Clinic in Somerset East.

Image: Primary Healthcare Team, Mrs Vuyokazie Antoinette Ngxelo, Health Care Worker; Miss Gcobisa Bevu, Enrolled Nurse; Mrs Gladys Buti, Professional Nurse; Mrs Nonthuthuzelo Belinda Mahleza, Health Care Worker; Rina Constable, Health Care Worker.

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