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Vuyo Mbuli Empilisweni HIV/Aids & Orphans Care Centre unveiled

By Afikile Lugunya - Sep 18, 2017
Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa unveils Empilisweni HIV/Aids &Orphans Care Centre  Image source: Eastern Cape Premier Facebook page

Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Sunday officially unveiled the Vuyo Mbuli Empilisweni HIV/Aids and Orphans Care Centre at Ndevana Village, outside East London.

The centre started operating in 1999 with the help of the late SABC presenter, Vuyo Mbuli, and was registered as a non-profit organization in 2002.

Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) and Tuberculosis (TB) treatment are also part of this Centre, which has been commissioned by the Department of Health to trace treatment defaulters in the area, who are then brought back into the healthcare system.

The Centre has since identified 247 defaulters, leading to a reduction in the Eastern Cape's TB and HIV treatment defaulter rate.

Speaking at the unveiling, Deputy President Ramaphosa made a promise on behalf of the government to build more hospitals across the country.

“We will continue to build dams and build more hospitals; we are prepared as the government to continue doing good work that will benefit our people in South Africa,” he said.

Also speaking at the event, the daughter of the late Vuyo Mbuli, Siphosihle Mbuli, highlighted how proud she is to see her father’s initiative excelling.

“Today, I see that my dad believed in every South African and in what every South African could achieve regarding their status and situation and regardless if whether the government had failed them or not,” she said.

A beneficiary of the Hospital, Siseko Chelu, expressed gratitude as he was in the process of losing hope before getting help from the centre.

“I’m very thankful to Empilisweni; I don’t want to lie before this initiative, I didn’t have hope but now I do so thank you very much,” Chelu said.

Image source: Eastern Cape Premier Facebook page