Local hospital promotes HIV tests

2010-06-07 00:00

FORT Napier Hospital hosted a health awareness day on Friday, which marked its contribution to the Health Department’s HIV counselling and testing (HCT) campaign.

The nationwide HCT campaign, which aims to see 15 million South Africans tested for HIV and Aids by June 2011, was launched two months ago by President Jacob Zuma and Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.

Fort Napier Hospital chief executive officer Nelly Nxaba told The Witness that the HCT campaign extends beyond HIV and Aids testing.

Community members can also be screened for high blood pressure, blood sugar levels, tuberculosis and eye ailments, Nxaba added.

Napierville ward councillor Glen McArthur said the event has made a necessary contribution in spreading awareness in the fight against HIV and Aids.

“The event is not only about coming here to teach people. I’m busy learning a lot myself,” McArthur said.

He said HIV is no longer a death sentence since the roll-out of anti-retrovirals.

Sharma Jogerssar, the hospital’s medical manager, encouraged responsible behaviour.

“We can overcome the scourge [of HIV and Aids] if every one of us plays their part and is responsible.

“Responsibility means that if you are negative, keep it that way.” Jogerssar said.

Nursing students from Durban’s Addington Hospital were dispatched to different testing stations to help perform tests.

The event also featured, to the crowd’s delight, the Diski Dance which was performed by Willowfountain Primary School pupils.

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