DEPARTMENT UPSCALES INTEGRATED SCREENING AND TESTING HEALTH SERVICES TO COMMUNITIES

17 September 2019

The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, invites members of the public to attend the Rotary Family Health Days campaign. Now in its seventh year, Rotary Family Health Days campaign aims to bring integrated health services to communities across South Africa as part of the department’s accelerated Cheka Impilo Campaign. The annual campaign will be simultaneously rolled out at 120 sites over three days between 2 and 4 October 2019.

For 2019, the Rotary Family Health Days will focus on up-scaling the National Department of Health’s efforts to encourage South Africans to join the national wellness campaign known as Cheka Impilo – know your numbers.  The campaign is a call to action to all South Africans to take responsibility for their health and wellness and adopt a healthy lifestyle.  The campaign will target hard to reach areas to provide integrated health screenings to those who have had no access to such services before.  Targeted interventions will be directed especially at addressing the needs of men, adolescent girls and young women as well as key and vulnerable population groups to ensure that no one is left behind.

 

This year, the Rotary Family Health Days campaign will be aligned to Cheka Impilo encouraging communities to take three steps to improve their health namely:

Step 1:  Take action

Step 2:  Take action once you know the results

Step 3: Live smart and healthy

 

The Rotary Family Health Days campaign is primarily supported by The National Department of Health, The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), SANAC, Rotary Clubs in South Africa, the SABC Foundation, Caxton, Phila, Gilead Sciences, The National Lotteries Commission, the Dis-Chem Foundation and Community Chest.

 

Members of the communities attending these events will receive free health services, including the following:

  • HIV testing and counselling
  • TB screening and testing
  • Diabetes screening
  • Hypertension screening
  • Provision of contraceptives
  • Immunisations
  • Hepatitis screening
  • Cancer screening

All 120 sites will also offer education and information for men, adolescent girls and young women. Measles inoculations, polio drops, voluntary male circumcision services, drug and substance abuse counselling and healthy lifestyle education will also be available. Additional services include optometry, dentistry and mental health services.

The campaign takes place with additional support and implementing partners including Rotarians, Paprika Communications, Abbott, TB/HIV Care, YFM, Cape Community Newspapers, Media 24, the NCRF, Communities and over 95 NGO’s.

 

Contact:  Mr Popo Maja

Tel:  012 395 -9591

Mobile: 082 373 1169

E-mail:popo.maja@health.gov.za

For more information, please visit:              Website:http://rfhdsouthafrica.org or www.health.gov.za
Toll Free number: 0800 012 322
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