THABAZIMBI- A very important meeting was held on 11 May 2010 by the surrounding clinics and mobile clinics and the hospital in an effort to obtain accreditation for helping the local hospital in the issuing of ARV (Antiretroviral drugs).
This meeting was the result of an inspection that was led by Me Mpe Kobola from Polokwane, head of Limpopo Province Clinics and woman and child well being. She found that patients had to sit for up to 8 hours daily before being attended to. Onkgopotse Gaitate, who is the head of the Thabazimbi clinic, gave everyone present background on who they are and what they have achieved so far. Some of the statistics he shared at the meeting were really shocking.
This data covered the period February 2009 to January 2010. A total of 129 pregnant women, which was 97% of pregnant women attending the clinic, were tested for HIV. Of these a total of 36 (27.9%) tested positive. The staff consisted of three professional nurses trained for Preventing Mother-To-Child-Transmission (PMTCT) and one lay counselor.
At the meeting it was spelled out that it is very important that farm workers, house workers and general workers are encouraged to get tested for HIV. These tests are free of charge and the sooner they get tested the sooner they can receive medication if necessary.
The staff shortage at the local clinic was relieved by the appointment of a male nurse.
A proposal to the President of South Africa was approved at the meeting that everyone must be tested for HIV. This means that the local Clinic will be accredited and competent to deal with all of the above cases and more.
For any inquiries please do not hesitate to call the local clinic at 014 777 1336/8