“Prevention is Better Than Cure” was the theme of the day when staff members from Eluthandweni Maternity Clinic in Vosloorus visited the community to conduct medical tests for free on October 23.
The clinic runs the campaign yearly, during which it tests community members for conditions such as HIV/Aids, prostate cancer, breast cancer and high blood pressure.
Additionally, male circumcision procedures are performed.
“This is another way of bringing basic health services to the community free of charge,” said the clinic’s CEO, Nonina Diphoko.
“All these illnesses can attack anybody at any time.
“We have a responsibility as health professionals to address the health needs of the community,” added Diphoko.
The event was graced by the famous campaigner, Trump the mascot, who was swarmed by small children and adults.
The many entertainment activities included a fun walk and a photo opportunity with Trump.
Delicious food and soft drinks were provided and participants received gifts.
One of the participants, Lindiwe Mazibuko, said: “I am very glad to be part of this life-saving campaign and want to join it again next year.”
The event was attended by nurses, teachers, Ekurhuleni metro police officers, prison warders and local priests.
Another aim of the campaign was to remove the stigma associated with certain health conditions and to express solidarity with people who are discriminated against and marginalised because of their illness.
“Health conditions such as HIV/Aids are still considered sinful by many members of our communities, so a campaign such as this must serve as an eye-opener to those who continue to discriminate against those who are affected by these conditions,” said campaign assistant Sibongile Radebe.
Diphoko, citing Dr Linda Friedland’s book titled Ultimate Guide to Family Health, said breast cancer was prevalent among women in the 20- to 59-year age group in high-income countries.
She said cervical cancer is common among women in South Africa.
Many women die of this type of cancer in South Africa, she added.
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