The City of Johannesburg student councillor, Pamella Mthabela, who is a Grade 10 learner at Hoërskool Roodepoort, recently hosted the Region C Health open day.
The open day was held at Len Rutter Park in Florida Park with the theme ‘Fighting disease and giving hope’.
“The health of our nation is in crisis: chronic disease is on the rise, health care costs are spiralling upwards, and inequities are growing,” she said.
“More and more children are facing illnesses that have historically been associated with adults, and current trends suggest that today’s young people may be the first generation of children with shorter life expectancies than their parents. At the same time, we face urgent environmental problems such as climate change, water shortages, the loss of habitat and other natural resources which will pose additional health challenges,” she added.
This motivated her to host the health open day, which included chronic illness screenings for TB, diabetes, HIV and hypertension. The screening was well received by the Park runners. They came out in full force to do their screenings after the run. The City of Johannesburg Region C Health Department, led by Sister Thembi Moshe, did the screenings.
The park runners requested that the screenings be done at least every two months as it is costly to go to doctors and chemists to do them, while the City is provides them, and medical advice, at no charge.
“Special thanks goes to the Roodepoort Parkrun organising committee, councillor Caleb Finn, Region C Health Department Sister Thembi Moshe, ward committee member Andre Brink and the Community of Florida for taking care for their health,” she said.
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