Truck drivers receive free health screenings in wellness campaign
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.