The Atlantis nurse who opened her own clinic, using her pension fund money, needs your help as she can no longer cope with the cost.
Olivia Pharo, 49, opened Sister Pharo’s Primary Health Care situated in the Atlantis City Centre building earlier this year after being a nurse at the local day hospital for almost 24 years.
With a monthly walk-in clientele of between 800 to 1 000 people, Sister Pharo says she is struggling to cope.
“The daily intakes, an investor friend and my pension fund are still being used to maintain the daily runnings of the clinic and the salaries of the nine employees.
“I know I can achieve so much more with much-needed funding. It’s not a lost cause I just need help,” Sister Pharo says.
The most popular treatments are family planning, immunization, and chronic illnesses.
“More people are coming for their chronic medication by us. The first visit includes consultation and medication for R280, it costs R300 for the initial annual blood work and the funds go to the labs.
“For the next three months it costs R170, but in between patients who come in [depending on their status] receive their medication for free,” Sister Pharo explains.
Other things needed are pharmaceutical needs to sustain chronic medication and consumables such as needles, syringes, gloves, masks, bibs, aprons, gauge and bandages.
She's also trying to get funding for a lift to assist pensioners who have to walk up two flights of stairs.
“We’re currently bound to a three-year contract to the building we occupy and the main thing for me is to allow the disabled and pensioners better support.
“I have received a quote for a lift which will cost R135 000, which is just too much money.
“Our aim is to help the community and if one can make it easier for them, why not,” Sister Pharo adds.
If you’d like to assist Sister Pharo, please contact her on 060 362 9502.