Local NPO hosts health testing day

2015-11-24 06:00
Several stands were buzzing with hundreds of people moving through the first Wellness day exhibition held in Woodlands on Friday.  PHOTO: samantha lee

Several stands were buzzing with hundreds of people moving through the first Wellness day exhibition held in Woodlands on Friday. PHOTO: samantha lee

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A day organised to promote full body health and wellness was a great success.

This event was the first of its kind in the area and drew hundreds of people. The event was hosted by community-based NPO OTSM and the department of health.

Held on Friday at the Frog centre in Juno Street, Woodlands the event hosted stands from fire and rescue services, emergency services, Cansa, Dementia SA, Arthritis SA, City of Cape Town’s Come and Play project, the health department, Nedbank and the Pink Drive.

A speech therapist and audiologist was also part of the screening services offered. Other services included free pap smears, prostrate testing, clinical breast examinations and HIV, glucose and blood pressure testing.

The OTSM organisation works in the greater Mitchell’s Plain and offers services to help improve the lives of its residents. One such service is home-based care services, explains coordinator Valerie Daniels, a retired nurse. Another of their services is distribution of chronic medication.

“We host sessions in various parts of the area and we then assist in distributing medication. Because of this we are able to relieve about 3000 patients from the local day hospitals,” says Daniels.

V If you would like to volunteer for OTSM, drop off a copy of your ID, CV and Sars number at the Frog centre in Juno Street, Woodlands.

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