Walking towards good health

2019-04-11 06:01
MEC for Health Nomafrench Mbombo celebrated World Health Day by taking part in a Walk for Health in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

MEC for Health Nomafrench Mbombo celebrated World Health Day by taking part in a Walk for Health in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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As the world celebrated World Health Day on 7 April the Western Cape Department of Health celebrated the day in Khayelitsha on Tuesday.

Provincial Minister of Health, Nomafrench Mbombo joined the staff of Khayelitsha sub-district in a Walk for Health to promote wellness.

Mbombo said they focused on promoting wellness in particular on their staff.

“We want to showcase that we invest in the health and wellness of our employees,” she said.

She said the walk is to show that they are leading by example and making wellness fashionable.

Mbombo said they are encouraging physical activity among staff as it is a vital way in which they can deal with the pressures they face in the workplace. “Physical activity helps to manage stress, and helps to manage a healthy weight,” she said.

Ncebakazi Msengana who works as an administration clerk at Khayelitsha District Hospital said it is important for employees to participate in such initiatives in order to encourage the community to follow suit.

“Exercising is very important for one’s health and a way of relieving stress caused by the kind of jobs that we do in the health sector,” she said.

A nurse at Lizo Nobanda TB Centre in Harare, Priscilla Madela said exercise is important because a lot of illnesses are caused by lifestyles. “People do not exercise which is why they easily fall ill. The walk shows them that you do not have to pay gym fees to exercise you can do so by walking,” she said.

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