Newly appointed radiographer Lauren Beukes will be using the x-ray machine donated by Noupoort Wind Farm to deliver treatment plans for patients attending their community healthcare centre
A health clinic that has been serving a rural South African population with support from its local wind farm is building on the success of its recently launched x-ray service with the addition of a new specialist staff member.
More than a hundred patients have been x-rayed since the diagnostic machinery was installed at Noupoort Community Healthcare Centre in the Northern Cape last July.
Previously they would have had to have made a gruelling round-trip to attend one of the twice-weekly x-ray sessions in Colesburg, 55km away, often relying on ambulance transfers when there was no other affordable transport.
Now the 24/7 care facility has appointed a full-time radiographer to further improve medical outcomes for the local area’s 8,000 residents. Lauren Beukes has relocated from Cape Town after qualifying as a radiographer at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Operational Manager Sister Jokka explained how, through prompt assessment of injuries and illnesses, her new team member will have an important role in delivering better treatment plans.
She said: “Since obtaining the x-ray machine, the most common requests we have received are chest and extremity x-rays due to injuries sustained. X-rays are now readily available for medical officers to diagnose or refer patients.
“Subsequently, the services that are locally rendered decreased the load on Emergency Medical Services and it is cost-effective for both patients and the institution.”
Provision of the x-ray machine was funded by the nearby Noupoort Wind Farm, in collaboration with the district and provincial Department of Health offices, as well as the Provincial Department of Public Works.
Mainstream’s Economic Development Manager, Sandisiwe Mntonintshi, told how adding to the centre’s services in this way had local benefits across health, social welfare and infrastructure.
She said: “We are, of course, pleased that a fully qualified radiographer has been appointed by the Provincial Department of Health, to operate the equipment at the Noupoort Community Healthcare Centre.
“By donating the X-ray unit, we have been able to achieve all three development target areas, which focus on supporting and improving the socio-economic conditions of the community.”
- Noupoort Wind Farm was developed, constructed and is now operated by Mainstream for our Africa joint venture, Lekela Power. The 80 MW plant began generating around 304,800MWh of clean energy a year for the Eskom grid in July 2016, enough to power up to 69,000 South African homes.
Noupoort Wind Farm
Noupoort Wind Farm achieved Commercial Operations Date (COD) on schedule and on budget, making it the first wind farm to successfully achieve operation as part of Bid Window 3, of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
All 35 turbines of this ZAR1.9 billion, 79 MW wind farm, have been commissioned and connected to the Eskom Grid and the project satisfied all of Eskom’s requirements on 11 July 2016. Noupoort Wind Farm has a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with the Department of Energy.
Mainstream Asset Management South Africa manages the Operations of the Wind Farm.
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