Health talk helps

2016-10-19 16:47
Blessings Ndlovu, left, and Praise Mbanga, two student social workers, hosted a health awareness session in Salt River.

Blessings Ndlovu, left, and Praise Mbanga, two student social workers, hosted a health awareness session in Salt River.

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Two students of Social Work at UCT are making workers in the clothing industry aware of health issues.

Praise Mbanga and Blessings Ndlovu, who are doing their field practice at the Clothing Industry Health Care Fund in Salt River, hosted a health awareness session at the offices of the fund on Friday.

“While doing our needs assessment we found out that there are many workers in this industry who are struggling with hypertension and diabetes,” says Mbanga.

“We felt the need to host this event to make them aware of how they can cope with these symptoms and the help that is available to them.”

Ndlovu adds that it was well supported, with a special impact made by Ian Vieary, who works as a social worker at retirement homes in Woodstock.

“He spoke to participants about stress management in the context of diabetes and hypertension,” she says.

“They were taught about different relaxation techniques as he explained that stress is a significant burden in South Africa with at least R13bn lost per year due to stress-related issues.”

Mbanga adds that the participants also enjoyed the practical demonstrations.

“Looking at the comments on the evaluation forms afterwards there has been some positive feedback. Events like this should be done on a regular basis,” she says.

“They expressed their gratitude and pointed out how much the information would help them lead healthier lifestyles.

“It was interesting that many of them pointed out how information like this is relevant to workers in all spheres of life and to all residents in their communities.”

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