It is everyone’s wish to have good health, but it is not all who get the golden opportunity to consult medical specialists at no cost.
Residents of Nshakazhogwe in the Tutume sub district last Sunday however had that chance when a team of medical practitioners affiliated to the Lions Club in Francistown volunteered their time and expertise to attend to their health concerns.
Kgosi Mudongo Kgetsi led by example and went through all the tests and was given a clean bill of health.
“I am very grateful for the help these doctors are giving to me and my people.
I was checked for everything and am as fit as ever. The only problem I have is that my sight is now failing.
I was having difficulty in reading, more especially the messages on my cell phone, and would squint, turn the phone this way and that way in an attempt to make out the words.
Now because of these doctors I own a pair of reading glasses and everything is much clearer. I am highly delighted,” exclaimed the village chief.
Jona Jacks, 57, was another who was ‘over the moon’ when optician Aizaz Narvi of Spec Savers handed him a pair of reading glasses. “At least now I can read.
Before I couldn’t even make out the words of the Bible because if I read for long periods my eyes would become watery and I would end up shedding tears.
The doctors came at the right time as I was wondering how I could afford to get help from private opticians.
When I heard doctors were coming this weekend to examine us for free, I was so relieved. Such kindness is a blessing,” said happy Jacks.
The large crowds of elderly people that thronged the kgotla did not deter young Gwafila Tema from squeezing his way through to see the volunteer doctors.
The 10-year-old boy was determined to seek the medical experts to find out what was wrong with his sight.
“Since August this year my eyes have been giving me problems. I don’t see very well and would have got an A instead of a B in my final exams if my eyes had been working properly.
I hope the doctor will tell me something,” said the city boy who was visiting his grandma in the village.
Although Gwafila did not get a pair of glasses as they were only given to those over 40, he was referred to an optician with the promise that he would get financial assistance towards his much needed specs.
For youthful Gaone Mothusi the Lions Club Health Camp was another opportunity for her to the check her HIV status.
“The whole event is a very good thing for me and fellow villagers.
It’s my fourth time to test for HIV and the second time I have checked my sight.
I also want to check for diabetics. So far the nurses have checked my BP and all is well,” said the 19-year-old lady.
Meanwhile Thapelo Baatlhodi was a bit disappointed that no provision had been made for women to test for cancer.
“I was looking forward to checking for cervical cancer.
We hear about the importance for one to screen – we even see people marching in the cities about it, so it must be important.
I asked the doctors to see what they can do for people like me who want to know if all is fine with their cervix, and they said they would make a plan,” said Thapelo.
The man behind bringing the one-day health initiative to the village, Anthony Wabuya Chebani was born and bred in the tiny settlement of approximately 3 000 people, which is situated along the Sebina – Tutume road.
“I thought of inviting the Lions Club to Nshakazhogwe because the village has only one clinic which is not adequately equipped.
For people to see a doctor, have proper medical check-ups and medication they have to travel over 30 kilometres to Tutume or Francistown.
It is an expensive process as most people in this area are low-income earners, subsistence farmers and pensioners.
Because of my links with the Lions Club I invited them for the Health Camp and am thrilled that they have come,” said the Francistown based businessman.
In all 252 patients were attended to, 200 pair of reading glasses were given out and 15 mature cataracts were diagnosed amongst elderly patients.