Free medical programme educates the community

Volunteer Clara Henry and John Power Children's Holiday Camp programme coordinator, Denise Atkins, pack the clothes they handed to residents who needed it.

Residents attended the first free medical outreach programme in Strandfontein at the John Power Children’s Camp who arranged the initiative with Atlantis Medical Outreach Team.

On Friday March 13 and Saturday March 14 more than 240 people accessed free medical services, were tested for HIV and offered counselling, were consulted on dentistry, physiotherapy, legal advice for wills, foot care, medication, and diabetes.

They were also given free meals and clothing. The residents were also informed about the basic protective measures which should be implemented to protect them against the coronavirus as outlined by the World Health Organisation.Health promoter, Naomi Mingo, said once a term they would render a free medical service to the community.

“Children are not informed on the coronavirus as what they should be. We should notify parents to pack in hand sanitisers for their children to carry with them wherever they go ,” said Ms Mingo.

John Power Children’s Holiday Camp board member and programme co-ordinator, Denise Atkins said when she and her team took over in 2003, the camp had been rundown.

Now, she said, they can accommodate 170 people who can make use of their facilities during school holidays or seminars held at the camp for educational purposes, she said.

Spearheading the medical services, William Julius of the Atlantis Medical Outreach Team, said: “We are grateful to have worked alongside the camp for the medical services. We are also grateful to the Strandfontein dentist, Hayley James, and the residents who attended. We need to reach the lost at any cost,” he said.

For more information on the camp call the caretaker and camp manager, Freda Rose at 021 394 9003 or 072 652 1272.