May 23, 2022

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HEALTH SERVICES RESTORED AT FLOOD STRICKEN VILLAGE OF DEELPAN Featured

The North West Department of Health has been on the ground each day of the week to ensure delivery of health services to the community of Deelpan.

This follows the unbearable flooding that engulfed the entire village to the extent that it was difficult to access the community to render any type of service. Since the area became flooded, it was difficult for ambulances and public transport to access the community. The Department of Health joined other Provincial Government Departments and the Municipality, taking part in the stakeholder platform that has been established to manage the disaster caused by floods at Deelpan village.

Some of the Department's Executive Management led by the Acting DDG for Health Services together with the Sub District management visited the area on the 22nd April 2022 and held a meeting with the Traditional Leadership, Ward Councillor and ward committee members. Since then the Department has moved with speed to implement the interventions measures to ensure provision of health services through placement of mobile clinic at the tribal office premises.

The integrated service delivery including COVID-19 screening, testing and vaccination, vital signs, TB screening, assessment of clients, provision of treatment, doctor consultation, distribution of male and female condoms, mobilization and issuing of cloth masks have been conducted. Some patients have been traced and re-initiated on Anti-Retroviral Treatment and hypertension treatments.

Furthermore, as a preventative measure, the Department has ensured that the water samples were taken and tested from three points. The results showed that only one point is safe for human consumption and the other two are not. The community was therefore advised to pre-boil the water before consumption. Child immunization, measles 1st dose, Vitamin A and Deworming were also administered.

The awareness campaigns will continue to be conducted through community radio stations and health education pamphlets on safety measures. Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP) will also conduct assessment to the clients who complain of sores which might be related to water consumption. 

Going forward, the Department intends to ensure placement of rescue vehicle for 24 hours at the tribal office to address emergencies and EMS activations when need arises. The Department will also participate in the 24 hour disaster management call center located at the tribal office. Mobile services will continue until the situation is back to normal.

 

For Media enquiries:

Tebogo Lekgethwane,

Departmental Spokesperson

0674227763

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North West Department of Health

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