Local specialist diagnostic radiologist practice, Jackpersad & Partners Inc. have offered their reporting services free of charge to the medically uninsured patients who will be receiving cancer screening services and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) funded PinkDrive Outreach taking place in indigent communities in KwaZulu Natal.

COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the screening and treatment of non-communicable diseases such as Cancer and Diabetes as well as communicable diseases such as HIV/ Aids and TB.  While the lockdown bought some time to bolster health resources, it is now setting up South Africa for even greater mortality from non-COVID illnesses.

“At Jackpersad & Partners Inc. we pride ourselves in offering exceptional patient care and service and ensure that our referring doctors receive the best possible diagnostic reports.  We strive to keep up to date with the latest and most advanced imaging technology to cater for all aspects of radiology and nuclear medicine.  We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to offer our reporting services to the uninsured patients receiving free mammograms from PinkDrive in this incredible initiative.” Shares Adele Govender, Marketing Manager at Jackpersad & Partners Inc.

PinkDrive NPC, a significant player in the gender related cancer sector, has joined forces with the national departments of Health (DoH) and Social Development (DSD), to bring critical screening to Kwa Zulu Natal, where health care facilities require support to accommodate these additional screening services during COVID-19. Funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will allow PinkDrive to take their Mobile Women’s Health Unit to provide screening and education for gender related cancers including Breast, Cervical and Prostate cancer  as well as HIV/ Aids, TB, Diabetic Screening and Covid-19 Screening and Testing in collaboration civil society groups and the provincial department of Health to the indigent communities of Newcastle, Ladysmith, Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Umdoni and Ugu districts.

PinkDrive will be providing services in Amajuba district at Madadeni Hospital and Dannhauser Community Health Centre and in UThukela district at Olivierhoek Clinic and St Chads Community Health Centre. In Pietermaritzburg the services will be provided at Greys Hospital and in Durban, at Addington Hospital and surrounding community clinics.  The non-cancer services will be done in collaboration with the provincial DSD and DoH partners.

UNFPA Executive Director Dr Natalia Kanem explains; “COVID-19 is testing the international community. Yet UNFPA’s work with governments, partners, UN agencies and donors is continuing, and ramping up. Business continuity plans are in place at all levels, and our commitment to serving the most vulnerable and hard to reach is stronger than ever. But we need to do much more to ensure that the most intimate, yet essential, needs of the world’s women and girls are met while we battle COVID-19 during the challenging months ahead.”

The Department of Social Development is committed to strengthening families, empowering women and educating both men and women about cancer. This, in turn, should help to prevent the spread of cancer and afford South Africans a chance to lead a healthy family life. Deputy Minister of DSD, Hendrietta Ipeleng Bogopane-Zulu, will be sharing her message of support to the communities at the various medical facilities during the community outreach.

PinkDrive’s unerring mission mirrors that of the NDoH to prolong lives through the prevention of illness, disease, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and to consistently improve the health care delivery system by focusing on access, equity, efficiency, quality and sustainability.