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Last modified: 04 Oct 2018
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Health day for municipal men

03 October 2018
Community Services staff member Nceba Sidenana is screened by Sister Koesie Peens of the Clicks Phamarcy. Senior Occupational Health and Safety Officer Denzil van Vuuren looks on.

Community Services staff member Nceba Sidenana is screened by Sister Koesie Peens of the Clicks Phamarcy. Senior Occupational Health and Safety Officer Denzil van Vuuren looks on.

Male employees of Kouga Municipality had an opportunity to receive free health screening during a men’s campaign organised by the municipality’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) section last week.

 

The campaign, which took place at the Dan Sandi Hall in Patensie, targeted male employees from all units and sought to encourage men to go for check-ups for early detection of possible illnesses.

 

Corporate Services Portfolio Councillor Frances Baxter said during a recent survey done by the OHS team, it was detected that male staff members did not make use of health facilities unless they were really sick.

 

“From a general observation, it may be an issue of stigma and ego that few men make use of clinics for testing.

 

“We decided that perhaps if we arrange an all-male health awareness day, more men will come, and we are happy the day was a success. We care about our staff’s well-being and we believe that a healthy employee is a productive one,” she said.

 

Nurses from the Department of Health and Clicks Pharmacy conducted the screening.

 

Attendees volunteered to be tested for different illnesses, including male-related diseases such as prostate cancer and other silent killers such as cholesterol and diabetes.