//Karas educational staff undergo screening on Health Day

17 Sep 2015 08:10am


About 200 staff members of the Directorate of Education, Arts and Culture in the //Karas Regional Council on Friday underwent various tests at Keetmanshoop for EduSector Health Day.

Most of the employees are employed in the region's Kalahari Circuit.

The official formalities at PK de Villiers Secondary School started with a street march by several employees, learners and other members of the Keetmanshoop community.

The keynote address, delivered by the said regional education circuit's regional director |Awebahe Johannes ||Hoeseb, focused on the importance of a healthy workforce in the education sector.

"An EduSector Health Day is part and parcel of what is known as a workplace wellness programme and it can provide a basis for comprehensive workplace health promotion and to deliver a health service for all, since a healthy worker is a productive worker," ||Hoeseb said.

The aim of such a day is to inform employees of their health status and how it impacts their productivity.

"The day also aims to sensitise and encourage the teaching and non-teaching staff members of the education directorate of the region to access preventative screening for diseases such as diabetes, cholesterol and hypertension, as well as voluntary counselling and testing for HIV," he added.

The day was attended by around 1 000 employees of the education ministry.

Besides the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) providing free medical testing for lifestyle diseases like cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes, the Ministry of Health and Social Services also availed a mobile oral health clinic to do free dental screenings.

WBCG Wellness Service Project Manager Edwards Shivute told Nampa they joined hands with the line ministries to assist in looking after the region's educational civil servants.

"We are here to assist the Ministry of Education as well as the //Karas Region at large to ensure that the people of this region's health is taken care of. It is not all about testing, but giving information after the test on how they can live a healthier lifestyle," Shivute concluded.

Of the about 170 people who went for free screenings at the WBCG mobile clinic on Friday, most were tested for high cholesterol and hypertension, two conditions that are normally attributed to an unhealthy diet and high stress levels at home or in the working place.