Ambulance donation helps community

ambulanceCHIPINGE - Tekeshe Foundation, a local NGO, has donated an ambulance to Rimbi Clinic to help patients in the community. Speaking to The Zimbabwean after making the donation, the founder of the organisation, Thelma Sithole, said: The less privileged people will be able to have uncomplicated access to transport from Rimbi Clinic to referral hospitals like Chikor

Sithole said it was a cause for concern to discover that most people within the community could not afford transport to referral hospitals.

I want to give an example of HIV and AIDS patients who cannot afford to go for check-ups, leading to unnecessary deaths, she said.

She however encouraged the members of the community and staff at Rimbi Clinic to take good care of the ambulance.

Tekeshe Foundation committee will also oversee the maintenance of the ambulance. We are also facilitating a health programme that will provide care and support to those who are HIV positive and their families, said Sithole.

She revealed that there are more than 50 registered patients under the care of the foundation.

We supply patients with food, clothing and money for check-ups and home-based care services. The main focus of the foundation is to eradicate poverty in the community, she said.

Sithole added that the foundation was also conducting a programme to help youths become self-sufficient in the rural areas.

The main targets are orphans and vulnerable children, the elderly, and those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS, said Sithole.

We are very grateful to have received this ambulance. We hope that this donation will go a long way in improving our health delivery system and, at the same time, assisting people in our community, said the sister-in-charge at Rimbi Clinic, Gertrude Mambanda.

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