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30 wheelchairs given to disabled patients at Tintswalo Hospital

Written by Cynthia Maseko

MPUMALANGA – As a celebration of national disability rights awareness month, commemorated from the November 3 to December 3 annually, 30 wheelchairs have been handed over to disabled people in the province.

 Gillion Mashego, handed 30 people living with disabilities each their own wheelchair.

Gillion Mashego, handed 30 people living with disabilities each their own wheelchair.

Mpumalanga’s MEC for Health, Gillion Mashego, handed 30 people living with disabilities each their own wheelchair at a ceremony held at Tintswalo Hospital in rural Bushbuckridge.

Important guests supporting the event included representatives Disabled People South Africa, the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality, Deaf SA, Epilepsy SA and other partners.

“The department will ensure that every person in the province living with a disability that deprives them of mobility must at least get a wheelchair. I applauded the partnership between DPSA and Health Department in identifying and providing health care to people living with disabilities,” said MEC Mashego.

Mabel Mkhabela, mother of a disabled boy, said: “For years I have pleaded with the hospital to get a wheelchair for my son, but I have never been successful. Now I am over moon that my child has finally received a new wheelchair. Hopeful this will not end with our community, because the are lots of other people with disabilities who need wheelchairs.”

“To some people this is just a day like any other – only that our MEC is handing over 30 wheelchairs. But for us with disabilities, it’s a wonderful day! Our prayers have been answered, as our constant struggle has become easier,” said Bridgette Ngobeni, who was one of the recipients of a much-needed wheelchair.

About the author

Cynthia Maseko

Cynthia Maseko joined OurHealth in 2013 as a citizen journalist working in Mpumalanga. She is passionate about women’s health issues and joined Treatment Action Campaign branch as a volunteer after completing her matric. As an activist she has been involved with Equal Treatment, Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and also with Marie Stopes Clinic’s project Blue Star dealing with the promotion of safe abortions and HIV education.