KZN Health and Build it join forces

2017-06-28 06:01

KZN Department of Health and building materials supplier Build It have formed a partnership that will bolster efforts to fight the spread of diseases, particularly TB, HIV and cancer.

This partnership will take the form of a joint awareness campaign containing messages about health awareness and behavioural change, and will reach a potential 10 million people.

This is thanks to the fact that the majority of the 85 Build it stores in KZN are located in peri-urban and rural areas, which is the target population of the Department. Greytown Build it is participating in the campaign.

Delivering a speech on behalf of Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, the Head of Health in KZN Dr Sifiso Mtshali said the main objective of the partnership is to drive a vigorous awareness campaign about tuberculosis, HIV and cancer.

The purpose of the joint campaign:

• create awareness of health issues, in particular TB, HIV and cancer;

• intensify case finding for TB, HIV and diabetes;

• promote healthy lifestyles to prevent disease; and

• explore possibilities for Build it stores to become depots for the collection of chronic medication as part of the Central Chronic Medication Dispensation and Distribution programme.

The department will provide primary health care screening and testing at specific promotional and marketing campaigns like soccer festivals.

These services include TB screening, HIV counselling and testing blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, family planning, eye testing, minor ailments and referrals.

Furthermore, the department will also provide speakers on health issues at Build it events to engage spectators on health concepts.

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