Gugulethu Church brings services to people

Some residents line up on the chairs for their turn. PHOTO: unathi obose

Members of JL Zwane Memorial Church, Gugulethu, in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health, organized a church welfare day on Sunday 11 September to encourage and motivate worshipers and the community to stay healthy.

The event was supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Project Last Mile. The agency is an independent agency of the government of the United States of America (USA) responsible for development and aid outside the United States.

Welfare church organizer Nompumelo Mantangana described the event as a special day for the Gugulethu community. “Today, we provide services to the community for free. We perform HIV testing, TB screening, Covid-19 vaccination and boosters, diabetes testing, blood pressure, weight control and blood sugar. We also encourage people to continue testing for Covid-19. The pandemic is still here,” she said.

According to her, according to government studies, the number of people tested for Covid-19 in the cantons is too low. “The goal is to encourage elders and young people to vaccinate and boost. Our goal is to ensure that at least 100 people are vaccinated and given boosters,” she explained.

Nomtha Bell-Mandla, Klipfontein Substructure Manager for the Immunization Program Coordinator, said the department has noticed that in most communities, church leaders are believed more than government officials, hence a visit to the church. She described the event as a pilot project.

“Our relationship with the church started last year, but this is our first event with them,” she explained.

Resident Monica Mvuzo welcomed the event. She described it as an excellent initiative and called on other ministries to do the same.

“I was vaccinated before. So, I came today for reminders. I like these events because you don’t have to wait long in line.

“Also, these programs are very informative because we have plenty of time to ask what you want,” Mvuzo said.

Jerry B. Hatch