Metro brings healthcare services to informal settlements

Sister Anna Sietiba gives baby Awakhe his six-month immunisation while mom Thando Sithole holds him in the mobile clinic that visited the Thinasonke informal settlement recently.

The metro has extended provision of universal healthcare services to informal settlements through adequately staffed and equipped mobile clinics.

The mobile clinics visit identified informal settlements across Ekurhuleni and operate from 9am to 3pm.

The mobile clinics are staffed by two nurses and serve informal settlement communities that do not have a clinic within a 3km to 5km radius.

Thinasonke informal settlement near Alberton is one of the informal settlements which is served by the metro’s mobile clinic.

Thando Sithole, mother to six-month-old Awakhe, attested to the quality of the services offered through the clinic.

She has relied on its services to get routine immunisations for Awakhe.

 

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“Living in an informal settlement at times feels like we are the bottom of the barrel, but the mobile clinic has affirmed our faith in the metro.

“It saves us travel time and is always there during our times of need.

“The mobile clinic service is an indication that our lives matter to the metro,” Thando said.

The services rendered at the mobile clinics include:

Child health services:

• Expanded programme on immunisation.

• Vitamin A supplementation.

• Protein energy malnutrition programme.

• Integrated management of childhood illnesses.

• Growth monitoring and developmental screening.

Women and maternal health services:

• Reproductive health, including family planning.

It is important to note that patients who need services that are outside the mobile clinic scope or are very sick, are referred to a hospital.

 

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