Medstival hosted to promote health in Bfn

Will Choene

Medstival™ is an initiative by the B Kind® Always Foundation and according to Dr Matthys Heyneke, the aim of this initiative is to bring equal as well as accessible healthcare to communities in need. They will soon be hosting the first annual Medstival in Bloemfontein.

Though only established in 23 November 2019, they have treated over 1271 community members in the Free State. All services offered were free of charge: doctors’ consultations and prescribed medications. All outreaches are self-funded by B Kind Always and Dr Matthys Heyneke.

According to Will Choene from B Kind® Always Foundation, the Medstival is taking place at the Mangaung Indoor Sport Centre, behind Dr Molemela Stadium in Rocklands. They want to encourage community members to make health a priority as well as provide individuals, businesses and government the opportunity to advocate for the well-being of communities by being the champions of social change in their immediate sphere of influence.

Choene said their vision is to afford communities access to quality healthcare in a fun and celebratory way, in a sense to make health and healthcare a priority for all. And to achieve this feat, they believe that partnership with communities, government, other professionals and business is the way to go.

He explained that their medical team, under the leadership of Dr Matthys Heyneke, will start with consultations from 07:00. “People can expect to receive the best quality healthcare services at affordable prices. Consultation per person is R120 and children below the ages of 5 years will receive free medical services, with prescribed medication included.”

Choene added that the B Kind Always Foundation, together with Dr Matthys Heyneke, has been providing Private Community Healthcare, using OUR HEALTH foundation as the special purpose vehicle since 2020. “Our vision is to afford communities in the townships, informal settlements and rural areas access to quality healthcare.” Ccurrently, less than 2 out of every 10 people in South Africa have access to private healthcare, and the rest of the population depend on the public healthcare system. Medstivals™ complements the public healthcare system by offering community healthcare services. “We believe that our outreach reduces pressure on government’s fiscus, thereby allowing government to invest resources in other areas that are equally critical, such as the provision of vaccines to all South Africans, etc.”

Their plan is to host Medstivals™ in different municipalities across provinces. They have partnered with different municipalities, based on the need. In 2021 they have planned to host 6-8 Medstivals™.

The Bloemfontein community is invited to attend the Medstival on 24 and 25 April in Rocklands.

Sazly Hartzenberg