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Community cleans clinic

Written by Suprise Nemalale

Community members and patients of Matavhela Clinic in Vhembe spent their 67 minutes on Mandela Day cleaning their clinic, but they don’t only help on one day a year, because they say they value their clinic highly.

photo credit: timeslive.co.za

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Mashudu Nekhavhambe, a junior nurse at Matavhela Clinic, told Ourhealth: “We never expected as many people to show up like they did. People around the community have really shown us that they care for their clinic. There were old and young people all around the clinic’s yard and it was very exciting to see people all together helping each other.”

Mulamuleli Nembahe, 30, from Mafukani village also told OurHealth: “We sacrificed lots of things that we had to do at home for the Nelson Mandela day. The day means a lot to us because the person we are celebrating has made it possible for us to have a right to health care, so we divided ourselves into two big groups. The other group was focusing on the households with old people who can not help themselves in various villages, while we were at the clinic doing our bit.”

Vhahangwele Nyatheli from Mufulwi village feels that Mandela day should be everyday.

“Mandela Day happens every week here around the community because we have many patients living with HIV/AIDS and TB who need other people’s help, so we make ourselves available.”

Lufuno Nndwambi, a villager from Gundani said: “We came to the clinic with one aim and that was to help. Some of us were cleaning the windows, floor and walls, others were in the garden, while others were picking up the litter.”

Thabelo Makhado a villager from Mufulwi village who has TB also felt a need to do something.

“I felt that I had to stand up and give a helping hand since it was for the best of the clinic in which I am a patient. We cleaned our clinic and by the end of 67 minutes, the clinic was sparkling.”

About the author

Suprise Nemalale

Suprise Nemalale is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from Limpopo's Vhembe Health District.