Hope house still supported despite pandemic

by Sr. Elsa Joseph

Honorable Health Minister, Lizzie Nkosi visited Hope house on 24th April 2020 and donated face masks, liquid soap and sanitisers, which we distributed to the staff, patients and minders. She made a tour of Hope house, visited clients, physio department etc and was wonder-struck about the cleanliness, flower and vegetable garden, units, and conducive atmosphere for the speedy recovery of the clients for the first time after becoming the minister of Health. She said now I am relaxed and can return to work after being tensed and worried about the situation around.

The Government deployed Staff Nurse Mr. Mabuza joined duty on 4th April 2020, in the place of a nurse who was transferred to TB hospital Manzini, Mr Mabuza is very committed and very much interested in palliative Nursing care. On 14th April the city council of Manzini, together with Illa pen boy and his team, the PRO Mr. Mathakoza and his team donated Bread and visited hope house . The bread was distributed to all the clients.

Pick n Pay ,Manzini is providing us with donations after writing and requesting them to provide us with bread at least once a week, on 14th April they made a tour at Hope House to confirm its activities and were delighted with clean and beautiful environment and was pleased to assist us in whatever way they could. The international Tool Hire together with Claudia Martin and Marjorie martin donated Hope house with Face masks, sanitiser, Rice, milk etc.

Due to the pandemic we are not allowing visitors as well as very selective with the admissions, hand washing facilities and sanitisers are in place, all the minders & staff are provided with masks and sanitisers. In order to protect the staff they are also provided with letters to travel & are picked up and dropped off whenever possible. All the staff and support staff were trained on COVID -19 on various occasions, the first of it was organised by St. Theresa’s Catholic clinic at Hope House, the training was animated by Good Shepherd hospital. The staff attended training organised by RFM Hospital as well as the Government department, the ministry of Health.

The Salesian Past Pupils Mr. Max Sandile and co. donated masks and Mr. Ashraff Kareem, the Indonesian Consul donated Rice from Taiwan Ambassador to Hope House. Namboard gave us maizemeal, in this way the good God continue to assist Hope House and all its need.

We have a new admission, a three year old child with Cerebral Palsy for Physiotherapy and other holistic care.