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23 March 2017 laia

Medical disaster relief unit assists hout bay fire victims

With a recent fire destroying 2 200 homes and leaving about 10 000 people displaced in Mandela Park Hout Bay, the community was left traumatised and in desperate need of support. Today, the Cipla Foundation installed a disaster relief medical unit, which is now fully operational and located on the Hout Bay sports grounds in close proximity to the affected area to provide assistance to community.

The Cipla Foundation, guided by the Western Cape Department of Health and local community leadership, will help to alleviate the administrative task of replacing the victims’ documents needed to access vital medication and necessary healthcare services.

Paul Miller, Cipla Medro South Africa CEO, pointed out that due to this massive disaster earlier this month, many residents have lost important medical documents such as Road to Health booklets and Clinic Cards and now have to face the struggle of getting back into the health system. “Consequently, some of these residents are now not able to get their much needed regular chronic medication for treatment of HIV, TB and other chronic conditions. The community leaders also advised that patients’ chronic medicine were destroyed in the fire and they therefore need their medicine to be re-issued.”

“Following consultation with all stakeholders, this initiative is re-connecting displaced people back into the established healthcare system. The Cipla Foundation is providing this temporary facility and nursing staff to service the community under the guidance of the Western Cape Department of Health,” says Miller.

We are confident that this Cipla Foundation disaster relief medical unit will provide the assistance needed during this difficult time to help the fire victims to regain access to quality healthcare as soon as possible, he concludes.

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