On Friday 25 April Dr Lungile Pepeta, the paediatric cardiologist at Dora Nginza, was joined by Dora Nginza board member Alan Ahlfeldt, CEO Dr Mbulawa-Hans, and Departmental Matron Sr Nozibele Manchapa to receive 4 Biolite Monitoring machines from a Rotary delegation including current club president Angela Newton, previous District Governor and principle Lionel Heath, and previous club president Kathy Hassell.
The machines, valued at R65000, monitor temperature, heart rate, saturation, and blood pressure. Currently these tasks are all done manually. Dr Pepeta stated that “having these machines means monitoring the children is more accurate and efficient. This will improve our service delivery and their health. It is a win-win made possible by Rotary. This kind of health care will make a huge difference.” The machines can be used on adults, children and babies.
Angela Newton commented: “Rotary International has child health as one of its focus points. Being able to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of children over the next years makes our time and effort to raise these funds worthwhile! It really warms the heart.”
The funds were proceeds of the Rotary Wine Auction 2013. This year the annual wine auction will be held on 20 June at Tavcor Embassy. Proceeds will again be split between a local charity and the End Polio campaign.
Rotary International, joined chiefly by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been working very hard to eliminate polio around the world. Active polio now exists only in 3 countries (Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria).