BOTSHILU PRIVATE HOSPITAL DRIVES HEALTH AWARENESS POST THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Pretoria, Soshanguve – Botshilu Private Hospital is a private hospital situated in Soshanguve serving the community of Soshanguve and surrounding areas, such as the communities of Mabopane, Hammanskraal and Ga-Rankuwa. Botshilu Private Hospital in partnership with relevant healthcare professionals has recognised a need for health screening and education for the community of Soshanguve and Mabopane. This comes after the devastating rippling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We believe there are other health challenges that were overlooked because of the pandemic, and it is in us to educate and encourage the community to continue taking care of themselves by monitoring their blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol and checking their HIV and AIDS statuses,” explains Boitumelo Mphake, Stakeholder Relationship Manager.
COVID-19 is no longer as infectious as it was back in 2019 when it started, and this is due to the stringent measures that were put in place to curb the spread. However, we had and still have patients suffering from high blood pressure, known as hypertension, diabetes, HIV & AIDS, and other health challenges that require the same amount of attention. At Botshilu Private Hospital, we would like to bring the focus back on these medical conditions, that were neglected during the height of the pandemic by going out into the communities and providing free medical screening and education on these conditions.
The health screening coincides with the celebration of the Nelson Mandela Day, targeting some of the busiest places within the community, and will be hosted at Pick ‘n Pay Soshanguve and Mabopane Square on Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 July 2022 respectively. And lastly, at Botshilu Private Hospital on Monday, 18 July 2022. Our target is to screen over 150 people per day over the three days from 10:00 am to 14:00 pm.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” as this year’s Nelson Mandela Day theme, Botshilu Private Hospital is taking the minimum resources at its disposal and is using them towards the health and wellbeing of the community it serves. “To celebrate this iconic day, we have partnered with the local clinic in Block JJ Soshanguve to conduct the HIV/AIDS screening and to administer the COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. People will also get an opportunity to get flu vaccines and be spoiled with a free hot cup of soup in this cold weather,” says Dr MJ Rampedi, CEO and Founder of Botshilu Private Hospital.
“Although the hospital adopted five NGOs from the community in the past, this year we plan to maximise the impact, by targeting a wider audience, rather than a focused group or one organisation. We believe in making a sustainable impact that will enhance the quality of life and health for many, and we will continuously reach out to the community to educate, inform, and assist with all the health-related issues,” continues Dr Rampedi.