MEC for Health leads the way

2015-11-04 06:00
MEC for Health Dr S. Dhlomo leads the aerobics class to create awareness about the importance of exercise for mental and physical health.

MEC for Health Dr S. Dhlomo leads the aerobics class to create awareness about the importance of exercise for mental and physical health.

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THERE was a large turnout for an event on 23 October to raise awareness about mental and occupational health with MEC for Health, Dr S. Dhlomo at the forefront.

Well planned by Umzinyathi and Umvoti municipalities and other stakeholders, the event was aimed at communities across the board. It started with a walk from Greytown Hospital to King Edward Park with the public joining the dignitaries on this two kilometre walk. At the park, Dr Dhlomo, and a personal trainer from KZN, led a 25-minute aerobic session with many of the audience joining in.

After the exercises the awareness programme got started in the large marquee. DDG for health, Mr Zungu introduced the programme after which the audience was led in prayer by Reverend Zimu.

Mr Mndebele, the district manager, introduced the guests including Dr Dhlomo, provincial director for communicable diseases Dr Mthethwa, deputy director Mr M. Zungu, MP Mrs Madlala Hlongwa, Department of Education, Inkosi yasemaKhabeleni Ndabezitha Dlomo, Umvoti Mayor Thami Ngubane and Santaco chairperson Jeffrey Ngobese.

The speeches delivered included a number of messages, notably from MEC Dr Dhlomo, who called on the community to recognise, support and respect those with mental disability and motivated government agencies to enable access to care.

The theme was carried through by various speakers using speech, song and dance. After the event the MEC and dignitaries attended a lunch at the hospital, hosted by Umvoti Aids Centre whose personnel were supported by hospital management and team.

UAC director, Derek Turner, expressed appreciation on behalf of all involved to Mr J.M. Ndebele, Mrs G. Shabangu, Mrs R. Sibaya, LTT chair Mr M. Dlamini, Major J. Mchunu and Mr Myaka of the farmers’ association who arranged for 100 employees from 11 farms in the area to attend the event.

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