The Reverend highlighted the ongoing problem of the elderly patients having to stand and wait for hours outside the day hospital in the cold for the medication and to see a doctor. In his letter he described the way in which the elderly were treated as being disgusting".
Mrs Isaacs the chairperson of Vuya Foundation was moved into action by Reverend September's letter, since she agreed with his sentiments and was equally angered by the situation. She replied to his letter to the editor and her response was printed in the Cape Argus on the 28th of March 2012.
Following this, Vuya Foundation took up the charge to see what could be done to alleviate this challenge. After numerous meetings with the Department of Health, the construction of a covered waiting area at the Abdurahman Day Hospital in Kewtown was commissioned. By the end of August 2012 the waiting area will be in place with seating and security.
Once erected this waiting area will alleviate the situation and provide a dry seat for the elderly to wait in instead of standing out in the cold waiting for the hospital to open its doors.
Had Mrs Isaacs not fuelled the conversation about the elderly outside day hospital through her letter to the Editor and having put pressure on the department, this structure would have taken at least another year.