World Alzheimer’s Day honoured

2017-10-20 06:00
PHOTO: siphelele nketoAt the event Harry Gwala District Municipality Deputy Mayor Ntuseng Duma (left) and MEC Weziwe Thusi.

PHOTO: siphelele nketoAt the event Harry Gwala District Municipality Deputy Mayor Ntuseng Duma (left) and MEC Weziwe Thusi.

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WORLD Alzheimer’s Day on September 21 was honoured under the theme “Remember Me” by MEC of Social Development Weziwe Thusi at an event in the farming area of Franklin on Tuesday.

Thusi said October is Social Development Month so the department honoured and educated people about Alzheimer’s.

She said it is important for people to know the disease and its symptoms.

“People, especially from rural communities, must take care and support people living with Alzheimer’s. People must also work with organisations that look after people with the illness,” said Thusi.

Alzheimer’s Day was marked by many organisations raising awareness about it because Alzheimer’s cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. As part of celebrating Social Development Month, Thusi launched the Community Nutrition Development Centre to provide basic human needs to the people of Franklin.

The centre gives a platform for residents to participate in development programmes and projects, co-ordinating interventions for food security and poverty alleviation programmes and empowers them through training and skills development.

An early childhood development (ECD) was officially opened in Franklin and Thusi encouraged parents to send their children to the centre.

The ECD was built by government costing R6 million, and is for children who will benefit from ECD programmes and get meals every day.

GKM mayor Bheki Mtolo and Harry Gwala deputy mayor also attended the event.

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