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Mobile clinic helps homeless people
​The mobile clinic donated to the Denis Hurley Centre by
the Japanese government, assists to provide primary
healthcare to homeless people in eThekwini.
STORIES from homeless people, who shared on the excellent level of care from staff at the Denis Hurley Centre mobile clinic, left attendees moved during the handover of the facility. The official unveiling of the clinic will assist the Centre to provide further healthcare services to the City’s homeless.

The vehicle, donated by the Japanese government, was unveiled during a ceremonial handover at the Denis Hurley Centre on 22 August. The vehicle has been in use for a year but was officially unveiled and handed over at the event. Robert Simpson, who has been homeless for over two years, lives in shelters and on the street. He has been using the centre’s outreach clinic and more recently the mobile clinic to receive healthcare. “They help you with any ailment including back pain and when you have flu.

They are very good, I’m happy with the service,” he said. His friend Ron Kingston, a pensioner said the mobile clinic has been providing “excellent service”. “I’m elderly and disabled and the clinic travels to within a walking distance of where I live in the central business district. Even when I’m not ill I still go to the mobile clinic just to say hi to the staff,” he said.

Frank Alexander, 65, who has complications from blood poisoning following a misdiagnosis said the mobile clinic assists him whenever he is ill. Raymond Perrier, Director of the Denis Hurley Centre said around 2 500 homeless people in the City received primary healthcare from them through a clinic based at the centre, the mobile clinic and a satellite clinic in Dalton.

He said they offered primary healthcare including wound dressing, HIV/TB screening as well as health education and awareness. “We are taking the treatment to where the need is. The mobile clinic allows us to provide treatment with dignity,” he said. Sumie Arima, first secretary from the Japanese Embassy in Pretoria said she was humbled by the great work being done in the City.
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