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Cato Manor Health Awareness Campaign a Success


Residents of Cato Manor came out in their numbers to seek health services at the Wiggins Road Sports Grounds during a health awareness campaign on 30 October.


The health campaign comes after services delivery issues were raised during a KwaZulu-Natal Legislature visit to the area in 2019 where healthcare awareness and better-quality services were top of the community’s requests.


The Department of Health went all out in executing the campaign with educational awareness and varies clinical services offered including HIV testing, diabetes testing, TB screening, breast cancer examinations, screening for Covid-19 and other general consultations were offered on the day.


A mobile clinic which provided circumcision procedures done on site without the need to book or be placed on a waiting list was also offered. Parents with children under the age of 5 year were invited to come for immunisation at the event. The Pink Drive, which had a demonstration on stage, educated women on how to self-examine their breasts for strange lumps.


Senior South Area 4 manager, Hope Ngobese said the department wanted to focus on this area because it was experiencing high volumes in communicable disease especially TB.


She said the health services being offered was of great benefit to the community.


Ward 30 Councillor Warren DeMarigny said good health was essential for everyone which is why awareness campaigns such as this, was very important for the community.


“I visited one of the tests and had my sugar levels checked,” said Councillor DeMarigny.


PR Councillor Thabane Luthuli said they are grateful for this much-needed campaign especially the education aspect because “prevention is better than cure”.


“The more educated and aware people are the less chances there are of them contracting diseases. Our community is poor, and the informal housing setup has a huge impact on how rapid diseases spread.”


The environmental health team emphasised the importance of cleanliness and how it relates to good health.
Mbalenhle.sithebe@durban.gov.za

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