Prioritising community health

2019-09-17 06:00

The eighth annual Rotary Family Health Day will tend to the health needs of residents from Fish Hoek, Red Hill, Masiphumelele, Ocean View and Simon’s Town – for free.

The annual health event will take place from Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October. It will be held in a different community each day. The event previously ran over three days, but this year it has been extended to five to include visits to Simon’s Town and Fish Hoek.

Bev Frieslich from the Rotary Club Cape of Good Hope says this is the first year the services will be available in these two areas.

“Now we can cover every part of our community. We’ve never been in Simon’s Town before and there are people in Fish Hoek who also can’t afford medical services,” she says.

The global Rotary Club has identified several challenges faced by South Africans. One of the most concerning is the statistic that 2 500 young women become infected with HIV every week.

Under-resourced areas often lack health education and services. The club hopes to address these needs. Blood pressure and glucose testing, HIV testing and counselling, screening for sexually transmitted infections, vision testing, malnutrition screening, deworming and provision of Vitamin A supplements for children will be provided.

Gillian Anderson, president of the Rotary Club Cape of Good Hope, says this will be of great benefit to people who can’t go to a doctor. “We’re offering comprehensive screenings.”

Frieslich adds: “City council sisters and Living Hope nursing staff will be doing basic testing and it’s all free.

“Rotarians are there to help the community. We want to identify people who may have blood pressure issues and help them – and mothers can bring their babies for their check-ups.

“We’re also going to have recycling initiatives.”

Here are a list of dates and times:

. Monday 30 September: Ocean View – Community Centre: 09:00 to 15:00;

. Tuesday 1 October: the Red Hill Library – Site C: 09:00 to 13:00;

. Wednesday 2 October: Masiphumelele – Community Centre: 09:00 to 15:00;

. Thursday 3 October: Simon’s Town – Town Hall: 09:00 to 13:00;

. Friday 4 October: Fish Hoek – Civic Centre Main Hall: 09:00 to 15:00.

The club is looking for volunteers and professionals to assist with the following services: blood donor and bone marrow registration site, audiology testing, information on male breast cancer, water and sanitation management, hand-washing, nutrition and food gardens, exercise and sports facilities, plastic recycling, garbage and refuse collection.

Family Health Day will be held place across the country during October.

V To contribute towards the health day or for more information, contact Bev Frieslich at or on 082 825 6053, or visit


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