Health aware­ness day of note

Talk of the Town - - News - TK MTIKI

Awell-planned health aware­ness day event or­gan­ised by Port Al­fred Hospi­tal Town Clinic, in part­ner­ship with Port Al­fred Hospi­tal and Nd­lambe Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, at­tracted peo­ple of all age groups on Fri­day to check their health sta­tus.

Other stake­hold­ers in­volved men­tioned by Port Al­fred Town Clinic oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist Teri-Lee Baart­man, in­cluded the likes of the Ro­tary Club of Port Al­fred, SAPS, de­part­ment of so­cial de­vel­op­ment, Hos­pice, Mar­jorie Par­rish TB Hospi­tal, Cansa, Child Wel­fare, Pumelelo Spe­cial Care Cen­tre and Enkut­hazweni Skills Cen­tre.

Even though the health de­part­ment of­fered more ser­vices than any other de­part­ment, it was still a busy day for other stake­hold­ers as well.

Some of the ser­vices of­fered by dif­fer­ent sec­tors of health in­cluded an HIV/Aids test, tu­ber­cu­lo­sis check, blood pres­sure check, breast cancer check, prostate cancer check and cer­vi­cal cancer check.

The event was well or­gan­ised as peo­ple knew what other de­part­ments of­fered with­out hav­ing to go to their re­spec­tive lo­ca­tions.

The cen­tral­i­sa­tion of var­i­ous de­part­ments in one place was a con­ve­nient way of in­ter­act­ing with peo­ple.

Each of the stake­hold­ers men­tioned above got an op­por­tu­nity to spread the word about the ser­vices it of­fered.

A good ex­am­ple would be the SAPS who need gath­er­ings like th­ese to dis­trib­ute pam­phlets con­tain­ing crime pre­cau­tions for the fes­tive sea­son.

With aims to ac­com­mo­date all lo­cal res­i­dents, SAPS dis­trib­uted pam­phlets writ­ten in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa out­lin­ing sug­ges­tions that can be taken by crime vic­tims.

The Tal­ented Per­sons with Dis­abil­ity group used the plat­form to show­case their crafts and skills.

Talk­ing from ex­pe­ri­ence and as a liv­ing tes­ti­mony, Lindiwe Many­athi, the mother of a dis­abled child, gave the au­di­ence an in­sight into liv­ing with the re­lated chal­lenges.

Baart­man ex­tended her sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion to all the stake­hold­ers who par­tic­i­pated in the event. She fur­ther passed her grat­i­tude to the Port Al­fred High School steel band team who en­dured windy weather out­side the venue to per­form while wel­com­ing the pub­lic.

Pic­ture: TK MTIKI

PRE­VEN­TION IS BET­TER THAN CURE: Peo­ple of all age groups gath­ered at the Port Al­fred Civic Cen­tre last Fri­day for a health aware­ness day

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