Limpopo – A young mother who suffered pain and bleeding for months after she was badly stitched after giving birth, and who was helped only after the Health Department intervened, has now received a bill for R11 000.
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.
Four times as many people have Type II diabetes today as 36 years ago, according to the World Health Organisation. In 1980, 108 million people were diagnosed with diabetes worldwide. By 2014, the figure was 422 million writes Dr Sundeep Ruder.
In their quest to bring medical services closer to the rural villages in Limpopo, the provincial Department of Health has opened two new medical clinics in Kutama- Sinthumule and Midoroni villages in Vhembe, near Louis Trichard.
Breast cancer is not an illness that affects only those who speak English and live in the city, says survivor Nelisa Sipamia, who grew up in a rural area, dependent on the public health care system.
Despite the Limpopo Department of Health having unveiled many state of the art ambulances so far this year, fed-up residents of Ha-Mashau village, near Louis Trichard are still waiting for an ambulance to be delivered at their local clinic.
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.
The Wrenchville community clinic, situated about 5kms outside Kuruman in the Nothern Cape, has been badly vandalised by angry community members who stoned the facility and burnt down the community hall and library.