Truck driv­ers re­ceive free health screen­ings in well­ness cam­paign

TRUCK­ING

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En­gen Driver Well­ness is once again bring­ing health to the front seat for truck driv­ers by pro­vid­ing them with free health screen­ings.

As part of Na­tional Trans­port month, En­gen of­fi­cially launched the an­nual pro­gramme on Oc­to­ber 1 at Highveld 1 Stop Kemp­ton Park. Run­ning for its sev­enth year, En­gen Driver Well­ness will reach 19 sites in four prov­inces dur­ing Oc­to­ber.

“Given the long and lonely hours long-haul driv­ers spend on the road and the stresses as­so­ci­ated with the job, driv­ers are of­ten un­able to take time off work to get ba­sic health tests done,” says an En­gen spokesper­son. “Free tests are con­ducted at Truck Stops around SA, mak­ing it easy for driv­ers to know their num­bers.”

Truck driv­ers in Gaut­eng were in­vited to re­ceive free health screen­ings at Highveld 1 Stop Kemp­ton Park on Oc­to­ber 4 and at the En­gen Vaal 1 Stop on Oc­to­ber 5.

Mo­bile clin­ics were set up at selected En­gen Truck Stops and re­tail ser­vice sta­tions. The screen­ings are con­ducted by qual­i­fied nurses and coun­sel­lors and in­clude blood pres­sure, choles­terol, di­a­betes, BMI (Body Mass In­dex) and HIV/AIDS tests. The driv­ers also re­ceive free meals, caps and wa­ter bot­tles af­ter each assess­ment.

En­gen’s Cor­po­rate So­cial In­vest­ment Man­ager Ad­hila Ham­du­lay says the main aim of this ini­tia­tive is to im­prove health through aware­ness.

“Ed­u­ca­tion helps to re­mind driv­ers why their health is im­por­tant and how life choices af­fect their well­be­ing. Ul­ti­mately, this in­creases their health, safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

An in­di­ca­tion this in­ter­ven­tion is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence is the marked in­crease in the num­ber of driv­ers us­ing the ser­vices. In 2017, 3,217 driv­ers took ad­van­tage of the vol­un­tary health screen­ings of which 44% were found to have some form of con­cern.

Ab­nor­mal­i­ties in­cluded be­ing over­weight or obese, which ac­counted for 20% of driv­ers; 3.5% tested high for glu­cose lev­els and choles­terol. Five per­cent tested high for blood pres­sure and 3% screened tested pos­i­tive for TB. Driv­ers who tested pos­i­tive for HIV to­talled 6.7%.

Adds Ham­du­lay: “As test­ing is vol­un­tary, the in­cre­men­tal ac­cep­tance of health man­age­ment as a path to longevity and well­be­ing are im­por­tant in­di­ca­tors that health em­pow­er­ment is gain­ing trac­tion.

“The En­gen Driver Well­ness cam­paign con­tin­ues to have a huge all-round im­pact for both driv­ers and their fam­i­lies, who ben­e­fit from re­duced ex­po­sure to dis­eases and greater longevity of a bread­win­ner.”

Truck driver Richard Ka­belo com­pleted the health checks of­fered at the En­gen Highveld 1 Stop West in Kemp­ton Park.

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