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Mobile clinics for rural pupils

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The foundation aims to reach another 140 000 pupils over the next four years.

beneficial: Pupils in Ritchie will benefit from the two Bophelong Mobile Health Clinics at Rietrivier Primary School which was implemented by the Eskom Development Foundation.

The Eskom Development Foundation, as part of its national corporate social investment (CSI) health programme, implemented the Bophelong Mobile Health Clinic programme at Rietrivier Primary School in Ritchie yesterday.

The occasion was led by the Department of Public Enterprises and was attended by more than 2 000 community members and pupils from schools in the surrounding areas.

The two mobile health clinics will be dedicated to the pupils in the area as well as to other rural and remote communities within the Province.

With many of them having little or no access to healthcare facilities, the mobile units will provide basic medical services.

The health minibuses are aimed at improving the quality of life by delivering healthcare services to communities within which Eskom operates. They will provide dental and eye care services, as well as general health check-ups.

These buses have been operating in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal, Free State and Limpopo and, as the name “Bophelong” suggests, these mobile health units are nothing short of being a “place of life” for many.

Over 432 locations have been visited to date, benefiting more than 35 000 pupils, with 1 000 pairs of spectacles having been dispensed free of charge to recipients.

The foundation aims to reach another 140 000 pupils over the next four years.

Speaking at the event, Chief of Staff at the Department of Public Enterprises, Mohammad Khalid Sayed, lauded the work of the Bophelong Mobile Health Clinic saying: “Most of our people live in under-serviced areas far from major towns and services. In the long term it is the children in these communities who bear the brunt of inadequate or inaccessible health services.

“The solution the Eskom Development Foundation came up with was to bring healthcare services directly to these communities.”