Celebrating World Health Day

2017-05-02 06:01
Photo: suppliedMelanie Marcelino donates blood for the first time. One pint of blood saves three lives.

Photo: suppliedMelanie Marcelino donates blood for the first time. One pint of blood saves three lives.

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TO commemorate World Health Day, Compass Medical Waste Services staff from in and around the Upper Highway area held their annual wellness day last week with a particular focus on education and saving a life.

Staff had the opportunity to undergo Discovery Health assessment screenings (blood pressure and blood-sugar levels, cholesterol, BMI and voluntary HIV test), get eye tests by Westville EyeCare and attend a blood drive by SANBS, where 11 new blood donors were recruited.

In light of their “saving a life” theme, it was great to know that a pint of blood can save up to three lives.

SANBS is a customer of Compass, so it was a great opportunity for the company to partner with them for such an event, and based on the success of the day, future blood drives at Compass are on the cards.

In addition, The Sunflower Fund educated staff on blood stem-cell donation and encouraged them to enrol on the SA Bone Marrow Registry so that they could be a one in 100 000 match for a recipient.

One of the highlights of the day was the CPR, Heimlich manoeuvre and fire safety training held by Amandlolwazi Training Centre, one of Compass’s training service providers. Staff enjoyed the interactive sessions and could even try their hand at extinguishing a fire once they learnt more about the different types of fire and fire extinguishers.

They were also told how they need to be as vigilant at home as in the office environment about fire hazards and risk assessments.

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