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Eastern Cape Health Department Intervenes for Financially Destitute Child-Driven Family

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

The Eastern Cape Health Department is providing imperative aid in a critical situation involving a deeply impoverished, child-headed family living in Tabankulu, a rustic location in the Eastern Cape. This family, comprising four children who share an extensively used mattress, were compelled to abandon their education in order to take care of their afflicted mother.

Spokesperson for the department, Mkhululi Ndamase, disclosed that the plight of the children touched the heart of MEC Nomakosazana Meth, thereby instigating her intervention. The predicament of the children, who had been learners at the Qhiphu Primary School, came to the MEC's notice through the school's educators and the governing body during the previous month.

Upon the reopening of educational institutions for the third term, it was discerned that three siblings were absent. A subsequent visit to the family home by the concerned teachers revealed the gravity of the situation, as clarified by Ndamase. The pitiable living conditions, depicted by the four minors ages 3, 9, 12, and 13, sleeping on a thin, ragged mattress with only one blanket for warmth, instigated the MEC's decision to intervene.

Ndamase added that, during the visit to Tabankulu on Monday, the family will receive food, clothing, furniture, and the department will also commence comprehensive mobile health services to the local community. Health officials accompanying the MEC will augment the relief efforts by delivering primary health care services to the broader community, bringing much-needed aid in these challenging circumstances.

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