APC and Ministry of Health visit Magalela settlement

Pediatric Care Africa (PCA) carried out a medical campaign in the informal settlement of Magalela on Saturday 23 April. Located 10 kilometers from White River on the Hazyview Road, Magalela is home to approximately 360 people.

PCA’s Dr André Hattingh said the organization has been serving this community for more than four years and this includes regular medical assistance and monthly nutritional support to a number of severely food-distressed children living there. .

The APC team with volunteers and members of the Magalela informal settlement community. > Pictures: PCA

“This Saturday was special because we had the Ministry of Health accompanying us in our sensitization to administer Covid vaccines to people living in Magalela. Thirty-five adult volunteers have been vaccinated and more are sure to follow,” Hattingh said.

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“A medical intervention is a very expensive and labor-intensive exercise. This is not possible without the help and donations of the many people who volunteer their time and expertise and the companies who have donated goods to us,” he said.

“To all the doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians and volunteer administrators who have joined us and given up their Saturdays to help us and the children in our care, we cannot thank you enough.

The Ministry of Health was also present to give people their Covid vaccines.

Hattingh thanked Van Heerden Pharmacy in Westend in Mbombela. He said the pharmacy had donated a few thousand rands worth of over-the-counter drugs and nappies. He also thanked SPAR DC in Mbombela for the food to feed the children and their parents.

“Squeeza, we thank you for the cold drinks and we thank Manta Trading for their generous milk donation. We appreciate you. It really takes a whole village to raise a child, thank you all,” Hattingh said.

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