On Friday, 11 May 2018, the Amsterdam Health Care Health Centre hosted an open day to inform the community of the various health services rendered by the clinic. The event was well attended and Cllr. D. Ngobeza, Chairperson of the Clinic Committee welcomed the guests.
Mkhondo Sub- District Primary Health Care’s acting Manager, Ms G.N. Malinga explained what the purpose of the open day was and emphasised that the Government departments have a responsibility to attend and listen to their communities’ needs. Mr Sabelo Maseko, a community member from Amsterdam, gave advice on how to utilize the buildings provided by the Government.
He added that people from Amsterdam should be appointed in nursing positions and in other departments. Furthermore, it was stated that the youth must be encouraged to work hard to receive a proper education. Representatives from the Department of Home Affairs, SASSA, Social Development, Home Based Care Programme and a sub-division of the Department of Health, Humana, explained what their roles are within the clinic’s functionality.
Operational Manager, Mr C. Mdluli, mentioned the various services as well as the challenges they face and added that the Amsterdam Community Health Centre operates 24 hours a day and services include maternity, mental health issues, education on health, referral services and more. The Gender and Transformation Manager from the Department of Health, Mr A.V. Nkosi, explained the importance of having a mutual understanding between the Government and the communities.
The Department of Health together with the District Communication Manager, Mr Sibusiso Mabuza, would like to thank everyone who attended the open day. The event was a huge success and a warm-hearted thank you to Sunbake for supporting the Mkhondo sub-district’s clinics. The event was ended off with very wise words: “As we know that unity is strength, the rural community will benefit greatly if we sustain this team spirit.” – Mr S. Mabuza