An HIV positive single father from Duduza, who was getting sicker
because he was too weak to fetch his medication from the clinic, is getting
better thanks to the intervention of social services.
Emmanuel Sibisi (36) from Duduza, in Ekurhuleni says he is
extremely grateful for the help he and his 11-year-old son have received after
Health-e News wrote about their desperate plight in May.
Social workers helped a lot
"I’m now very happy and getting better every day. The social
workers contacted me last month. We arranged for an appointment because
they wanted to come to check my house," he said, explaining how the
authorities stepped in to see what they could do for him.
Sibisi was diagnosed with HIV and tuberculosis in 2011, soon after
his wife died. Earlier this year he fell sick after defaulting on his
medication and was struggling to fetch his treatment because he was not well
enough to get to his local clinic.
But social workers and members of the local Treatment Action Campaign
stepped in to help the father and son.
"The social workers helped a lot. They have registered me for
a social grant. I feel very relieved because they have also organised
someone from the clinic to bring my treatment to me at home," Sibisi said.
Sibisi’s friend Asanda Molefe (33) said "I’m very happy for
my neighbour because their situation was very sad since he had to walk a very long
way to the clinic for his treatment.”
“Part of our job is to make sure that he does get his the
social grant. This was not the last visit to this family, because we are still
organising to bring them food parcels," said Ntshapo Mbonambi a social worker
from the Emmaus Centre in Duduza. – Health-e News.