En­gen Driver Well­ness sees more truck­ers get tested

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EN­GEN Driver Well­ness started Trans­port Month by again pro­vid­ing free health screen­ings to long dis­tance driv­ers at se­lect stops in South Africa.

As part of Na­tional Trans­port month, En­gen of­fi­cially launched the an­nual pro­gramme on Oc­to­ber 1.

Run­ning for its sev­enth year, En­gen Driver Well­ness will reach 19 sites in four provinces dur­ing Oc­to­ber.

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 coun­cil­lors 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 In- vest­ment man­ager Ad­hila Ham­du­lay said 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.”

A clear in­di­ca­tion that this in­ter­ven­tion is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence is the marked in­crease in the num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als us­ing the ser­vices.

In 2017, 3 217 driv­ers took ad­van­tage of the vol­un­tary health screen­ings, of whom 44% were found to have some form of con­cern.

Con­cerns in­cluded be­ing over­weight or obese, which ac­counted for 20% of driv­ers; 3,5% tested high for glu­cose lev­els and choles­terol. Five per­cent of driv­ers tested high for blood pres­sure and three per­cent screened tested pos­i­tive for TB. Driv­ers who tested pos­i­tive for HIV to­talled 6,7%.

Added 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. Given the long and lonely hours long-haul driv­ers spend on the road and the stresses as­so­ci­ated with the job, these in­ter­ven­tions form a crit­i­cal pil­lar of sup­port.”

En­gen’s fo­cus on health and safety is aligned to its busi­ness. Health and safety is en­trenched in ev­ery as­pect of the com­pany’s op­er­a­tions.

World-class stan­dards and guide­lines gov­ern all of En­gen’s prac­tices in this re­gard and are ap­plied vig­or­ously to en­sure op­er­a­tional ex­cel­lence and best prac­tice.

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

Truck driver Paul Maluleke goes through one of the health checks with Sis­ter Si­bon­gelo dur­ing the En­gen Driver Well­ness cam­paign, at En­gen Highveld 1 Stop West, Kemp­ton Park, Jo­han­nes­burg.

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