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Second health project launched

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A state-of-the-art dental chair for use in the mobile clinic at the Tsantsabane Local Municipality was also handed over.

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THE SISHEN Iron Ore Company Community Trust (SIOC-cdt) and the ZF Mgcawu District Department of Health launched the second round of the Re a Fola Health Promotion Project at the Postmasburg Hospital recently.

During the launch, SIOC-cdt also handed over a state-of-the-art dental chair for use in the mobile clinic at the Tsantsabane Local Municipality.

The Re A Fola project was initially launched in the John Taolo Gaetseewe District in response to the growing need for access to healthcare facilities in the district and was later rolled out in the Tsantsabane Municipality.

According to the company, the project is aimed at ensuring that the community is well informed about issues affecting their health and also to promote health awareness on HIV/Aids, Cancer, TB and preventable non-communicable diseases.

During this second round of the project, which will continue until June 2020, monthly visits will be made with three fixed healthcare establishments in Postmasburg (Boichoko, Postdene and Postmasburg clinics) as well as five mobile points in rural Tsantsabane (Jenn Haven, Groen Water, Skeyfontein 1 and 2, Maremane and Groen Water Station villages).

These facilities will provide comprehensive primary health care services and wellness programmes.

Last week’s launch also saw the handing over of a much-needed dental chair to the Re a Fola team.

The goal of the Re a Fola Health Promotion project is to improve the health status of the five, remote locations and three clinic facilities within the Tsantsabane Local Municipality, especially among the vulnerable, elderly and children, by reducing the commonly known causes of death.

Since its inception in 2018, with the launch of the first-round, the project has screened 837 dental beneficiaries, 564 extractions and 642 optical ailments screenings, while 384 beneficiaries were provided with spectacles, and 398 PAP smear screenings and 371 HIV/Aids tests and counselling sessions were conducted within the Tsantsabane Local Municipality.

All HIV+ cases were referred to the government programme.

The multi-disciplinary team, provided by the Department of Health, comprises of an optometrist, dietician, dental practitioners, professional nurses, an occupational therapist, a speech therapist and a community healthcare worker providing services such as dentistry, ophthalmology, cervical screenings, HIV testing and counseling and life-style diseases screening.

The programme will be based on the national and Northern Cape Department of Health policies and guidelines.

Services provided at Re a Fola are free to all community members with the department providing medication required on site.

SIOC-cdt was established in 2006 by Kumba Iron Ore Limited to invest in the development of the communities in which the company operates. The trust focuses primarily on beneficiary communities adjacent to the Sishen Iron Ore Company (SIOC) mining activities in the Northern Cape and Thabazimbi Local Municipality in Limpopo and has invested significantly in community development projects aimed at ensuring sustainability beyond mining operations.