Raising awareness on STIs

2019-03-06 06:01
PHOTO: andile sitholeStaff from Greytown Hospital and Kranskop Clinic at the STI Awareness Campaign.

PHOTO: andile sitholeStaff from Greytown Hospital and Kranskop Clinic at the STI Awareness Campaign.

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WORKERS from Greytown Hospital, in partnership with Kranskop Clinic, embarked on an awareness campaign march on Thursday, February 28 to create awareness about sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

At the march, which started at the clinic and proceeded to the Kranskop Taxi Rank, community members were encouraged to use condoms to prevent the contraction of STIs.

Greytown Hospital public relations officer Mbali Ntshingila told the Gazette: “Comprehensive Primary Health Care services, health talks, education and counselling were done. The Kranskop committee were ecstatic and we witnessed men coming in numbers to test for HIV.

“The Kranskop team wish to thank War Room members, the clinic committee, the Kranskop Taxi Rank management, and the Outreach team who supported the campaign, including the Greytown Hospital team.”

Speakers at the event also encouraged women to test for breast cancer.

The campaign took place after KZN Department of Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo­ asked men to take as much responsibility as their female partners to avoid unwanted pregnancies and STIs.

In a statement sent to the Gazette, Dhlomo said: “A lot of women struggle to convince their partners to use a condom because, quite often, the female has to say to her partner, ‘Look, we have not tested… look, I don’t want to fall pregnant, use a condom. Therefore, we want to ask men to be responsible.”

The men were asked to get medically circumcised and encourage their partners to use contraceptives. Condoms were also distributed to members of the community.

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