Time for your annual health check

2017-09-26 06:00

Free health checks for the whole family will take place next week.

The fifth annual Rotary Family Health Days event will take place from Tuesday 3 to Friday 6 October and this year the aim is to bring free health services to a record 100 000 people.

The project was started and is managed by Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention in partnership with the National Department of Health and Rotary clubs in South Africa

When the programme started in 2011, 38 000 people were treated in two countries. In 2016, just under half a million people received free health care at Rotary Family Health Days in Ghana, India, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. The ambition is to see these numbers grow significantly in the years to come.

Rotary Family Health Days offer free health services and vital screenings to deprived communities. These include HIV counselling and testing; screening for TB, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol; Vitamin A supplementation, and ­immunisation.

A particular focus this year is the “She Conquers” campaign, which aims to make girls and young women a priority, as around 2500 young women and girls between 12 and 24 are infected with HIV each week in South Africa.

The family heath days will take place at four sites in False Bay this year.

On Tuesday they will be at Red Hill Informal Settlement from 9:00 to 11:00, on Wednesday at Masiphumelele Community Hall from 9:00 to 16:00, on Thursday at Ocean View Civic Centre from 09:00 to 16:00 and on Friday at the Fish Hoek Catholic Church hall from 09:00 to 13:00.

Rotarian Bev Frieslich says that along with girls and young women, the health days will also be focussed on providing health care to the elderly and school children.

All sites will be manned by City of Cape Town clinic staff, assisted by Living Hope’s home-based care nurses.

Blood pressure and pulse checks; blood sugar and cholesterol tests; BMI measurement; TB screening; HIV testing and counselling with STI screening; as well as family planning and counselling and the distribution of condoms will be on offer.

Children will be screened for malnourishment and will be given Vitamin A supplements and deworming medication.

They will also receive immunisation.

Those attending the family health days will also be able to have their vision tested and receive dental care.

There will be games for the children and entertainment on the day.

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