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Star for Life Mobile Health Unit is well received at Thanda Game Reserve

posted 23 Sept 2013, 13:49 by ntobeko dlamini   [ updated 23 Sept 2013, 22:04 ]

The Star for Life Mobile Health Unit plays a significant role in delivering health care services to those most in need. The Unit operates in schools and rural communities around Umkhanyakude District, Mpangeni and Durban schools in KwaZulu Natal. Services provided by the Mobile Health Unit include; health education, screening, HIV & AIDS testing and counselling and pregnancy testing.

                                             Our Mobile Health Unit Programme Manager Miss Scebile Nsele helping a patient at Thanda.

On Friday, 13 September the team of three Star For Life Mobile Unit health professionals visited Thanda Private Game Reserve to provide health care services to the staff at the reserve. The Game Ranger, Mr Sbusiso Mtshali noted that the Reserve had suffered staff loses as staff remain ill-informed about health related issues. “Some people still believe that they've been bewitched yet they don’t want to go for HIV testing, the stigma around HIV is still very high in rural areas”, said Mtshali.

His colleague Linda said the Mobile Health Unit plays a big role in the lives of the employees at Thanda as there are no other health facilities around the area. “Colleagues have to travel long distances to access health assistance, and it’s even more difficult for Thanda workers as there is no public transport available”, said Linda.

                  Our HIV and AIDS Counsellors Miss Sebenzile Manyanga and Eric Biyela with the Thanda staff.

The Star For Life Mobile Health Unit Programme Manager Scebile Nsele said that providing health care is of particular importance in remote areas such as the Thanda compound, “People need to be well informed about diseases such as breast cancer, STD’s, HIV and Aids and other chronic illnesses…free health services are essential to communities which are far from towns.”

The programme was also praised by the Assistant General Manager Dulcie Oliver who said that the Unit plays a key role in the lives of the employees at Thanda. “We are very appreciative of Star For Life involvement in our health and safety programme at Thanda. We enjoy a close and rewarding partnership with the team that support our staff forum and elected counselors , said Dulcie. The Star For Life Mobile Health Unit has been working at Thanda every second Friday of the week as from the beginning of this year.