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.
Monica Deysel (24) of Secunda was a heavy drinker when she fell pregnant at age 18. Both she and her boyfriend continued drinking and smoking throughout her pregnancy, and as a result she gave birth to a baby girl with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).
While dental services at government health facilities are free, the fact that they are limited, many poor people in rural communities are unable to make use of them or are not aware of them. It’s an issue that is receiving some attention as September is oral hygiene month.
A lay counsellor working for the Department of Health at the Kanyamazane Clinic outside Nelspruit in Mpumalanga appeared in court this week on allegations of stealing medication from the clinic.
Despite ongoing campaigns to encourage regular cervical cancer checks, women in rural Mpumalanga are hesitant to comply and many believe it is not worth going for their pap smears because they never receive their results.