Employees’ health probed

2015-06-24 06:00
LENESE THERON was among the employees of the provincial treasury who had her cholesterol levels tested by sr Shirley Tsatsi. Behind them are, from the left, Samantha Petersen, Lean Lekgetho and Caroline January who are waiting their turn.  
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LENESE THERON was among the employees of the provincial treasury who had her cholesterol levels tested by sr Shirley Tsatsi. Behind them are, from the left, Samantha Petersen, Lean Lekgetho and Caroline January who are waiting their turn. Photos:

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THE fact that its employees work from Monday to Friday without having time to pay attention to their health remains a big concern for the provincial treasury.

This concern was raised by Mamikie Mooki, the human resource manager for Wellness programmes, at the Horseshoe Inn on Friday (19/06).

Mooki highlighted that public servants were too busy to go to the doctor, hospital or the clinic. The department therefore hosts health awareness programmes when possible.

According to Mooki, this initiative was a way of bringing services to its employees. Experts of, among others Gems, the Department of Health, Right to Care and SAPS were invited to the programme to engage in voluntary testing and make presentations.

On Friday young male and female employees alike gathered under the same roof to commemorate Youth Month and Men’s Health Week and to interact and deliberate on strategies to approach challenges facing men and the youth of today.

Employees were also encouraged to pledge to break the silence on men’s domestic violence and to heighten the awareness of preventable health diseases and family law issues.

Mooki explained that their employee health and wellness programme was focused on four pillars: wellness management, HIV/Aids and TB, health and safety and health management.

This, Mooki said, was also part of the department’ s effort in striving to be the employer of choice and increasing productivity.

The initiative is expected to encourage men to treat their partners with dignity and also to visit healthcare facilities in order to prevent stress that can easily lower their morale – which could lower productivity and affect service delivery.

Mooki promised that the department would do all it could to improve employees’ lives with the aim of enhancing the service delivery

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