Nurses on wheels bring healthcare to rural doorsteps
31 January 2023
Simonè Louw is 23 years old. She lives at the Kuiperskraal Farm, a rural community outside of Durbanville. Like many other residents in her community, Simone looks forward to the monthly visit from the Durbanville Community Day Centre (CDC) nursing team.
NURSES PASSIONATE ABOUT RURAL HEALTHSr Linda Greeff has been visiting rural health communities for more than 20 years and is passionate about mobile healthcare. “I have been doing this for over 20 years, this my passion. I love bringing healthcare to rural communities as they really need it. It’s not easy for rural residents to travel to their local clinic. This is why I am passionate about it. You really get to make a difference.” Sr Tamlin Sibole’s journey in rural health started this year. She shares her excitement to join the team and hopes to make connections with rural communities to improve healthcare. “Our communities rely on us to bring services to them. These services help to keep them in good health, and they’re keen to have babies vaccinated. I am looking forward to supporting the team and reaching as many people as possible through our mobile health clinic.” Through partnerships, the team is also able to bring COVID-19 vaccinations to rural community members who are unable to travel to the local clinic. Sr Greeff says they want to provide the full package of care as far as possible. “The mobile health team aims to meet people where they are and to provide the services that they need.” The outreach team starts their day at 7am by travelling to local farms. The teams stays in each community until every residents has been seen by a nurse.
Western Cape Government Health encourages all communities to take charge of their health by visiting mobile or local clinics. Ensure that you child’s immunisations are up to date to protect their health. Remember to take your chronic medication as prescribed and take care of your general and mental health.