Elderly get opportunity of free health checks

2018-02-28 06:02
Senior citizens can access free health screenings on the first Wednesday of every month at all MediRite pharmacies across South Africa.Photo: Supplied

Senior citizens can access free health screenings on the first Wednesday of every month at all MediRite pharmacies across South Africa.Photo: Supplied

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A popular pharmaceutical group is offering pensioners free access to health checks in an effort to prevent 80% of heart disease and strokes.

Research conducted by Medirite Pharmacies concludes that more South Africans die from heart disease daily, that one in three adults suffer from high blood pressure and that ten people suffer a stroke every hour.

Free wellness screenings have been performed since 7 February on senior citizens aged 60 years and older, as well as on the first Wednesday of every month. The check-ups test blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI).

Pensioners can make an appointment at a local Medirite Pharmacy, producing their green ID book when doing so.

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