With the excessive price of private healthcare, most South African citizens have no choice but to endure the daylong queues, ill-equipped clinics, medicine shortages, overworked medics and unsanitary conditions that constitute public health centres.
My Youth welfare organisation in Port Elizabeth took the initiative to organise a free medical day to aid the underprivileged in their city. Partnering with medical professionals from different fields, as well as considerate sponsors, the Public Medical Day became a reality on 27 October 2018.
The Malabar Community Centre in PE opened their doors to all members of the public who cannot afford treatment or check-ups. This service was especially beneficial for underprivileged students from Cleary Park, pensioners from various old age homes, the communities of townships such as Motherwell, as well as the public from Malabar, Gelvan Park and surrounding areas. A fine selection of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro’s best proffered their services without hesitation and they included doctors, dentists, optometrists, chiropractors, podiatrists, physiotherapists and homeopaths.
These twenty medical professionals dedicated their Saturday morning to treating patients, and offered:
- Free screening and testing for blood, sugar, hypertension and cholesterol.
- Free eyesight and dental screening
- Treatment in the form of cupping, pain relief and chiropractic therapy.
- Prescriptions were issued for medication
- Free samples of over 1000 toothpastes, as well as herbal products were given out.
On average, each medical professional saw 30 patients, whose minds were set at ease after finally attaining the examinations, consultations and advice they desperately needed. The voluntary services offered by these medical experts exemplifies the compassion and enthusiasm they have for their trade.
The kind sponsors and healthcare professionals included Dr Yunus Gaida, Diabetes SA, Sensodyne, Colgate, Tibb, Dr Muhammed Essack of Smile-Hub, R Nettl, Dr Saadiya Seedat, Clicks Clinic (Kabega Park), Imran Paruk of Paruk Optometrists, PathCare, R Essop, Dr Ilhaam Cerfontein, Dr Jameel Adam, Dr Rabia Carrim, Dr Is-haaq Lekganya, Dr Mashra Gani, Dr Aadil Ahmed and Dr Naeema Mehta.
The provincial Department of Health in the Eastern Cape were so impressed with the initiative taken by My Youth and their patrons, that they sent one of their own teams to lend a helping hand. Islamic Medical Association also conducted a fact-finding visit.
The My Youth team consisted of Ahmed Ahmed, T Panday, Haroon Essop, Fuad Ajam, Haashem Sain, Ridwaan Lagardien, Moulana Muhammad Badsha and Ridwaan Astrie. Apa Hasina Desai went above and beyond to make the day a success, and helped with catering meals at the event.
While the patients were given excellent treatment during the day, what was most significant to them is that some individuals had taken personal time out to show them care and attentiveness, reminding them that no matter where they came from or who they are, their health needs are still a valid priority and not an overlooked burden.
For more information on My Youth, please contact Muhammad Badsha on 078 672 7797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org