During the lead-up to the annual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer, the Eastern Cape Department of Health will host a free health screening at the Somerset Spar in Nojoli Street on Friday, October 5 from eleven in the morning till two in the afternoon. The screening forms part of a province-wide awareness campaign that includes free health screenings in various malls in the major centres in the run-up to the event. The health screenings include tests for hypertension, diabetes, prostate cancer, blood pressure, glucose levels, tuberculosis, blood cancer and breast cancer. Information leaflets on health issues such as tuberculosis, family planning, cervical cancer and the dangers of smoking, drugs and alcohol will also be distributed at information kiosks. “During 2017, more than 900 people were screened throughout the province”, says Algoa FM marketing manager Toinette Koumpan. The walk will take place at the Boardwalk in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth on Saturday, 27 October Entry forms are available from Brian Bands in Cape Road, the Total Sports store in Uitenhage and Algoa FM. An online entry portal is also available at algoafm.co.za, where the entry fee for the 5km walk is R65. Manual entries are charged at R 70. Funds raised for the 2018 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer will go towards the purchase of a FotoFinder Mole analyser for the local branch of the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). In 2017 the event raised R570 000. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Engen Driver Wellness once again brings health to the front seat for truck drivers by providing them with free health screenings. As part of National Transport month, Engen officially launched the annual programme on 1 October. Running for its seventh year, Engen Driver Wellness will reach 19 sites in four provinces during October. Truck drivers in Gauteng were invited to receive free health screenings at Highveld 1 Stop Kempton Park on October 4th and at the Engen Vaal 1 Stop on October 5th. Mobile clinics were set up at selected Engen Truck Stops and retail service stations. The screenings are conducted by qualified nurses and councillors and include blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, BMI (Body Mass Index) and HIV/AIDS tests. The drivers also receive free meals, caps and water bottles after each assessment. Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, Adhila Hamdulay says the main aim of this initiative is to improve health through awareness. “Education helps to remind drivers why their health is important and how life choices affect their well-being. Ultimately, this increases their health, safety and productivity.” A clear indication that this intervention is making a difference is the marked increase in the number of individuals using the services. In 2017, 3 217 drivers took advantage of the voluntary health screenings of which 44% were found to have some form of concern. Abnormalities included being over-weight or obese, which accounted for 20% of drivers; 3.5% tested high for glucose levels and cholesterol. Five per cent of drivers tested high for blood pressure and 3% screened tested positive for TB. Drivers who tested positive for HIV totalled 6.7%. Adds Hamdulay: “As testing is voluntary, the incremental acceptance of health management as a path to longevity and wellbeing are important indicators that health empowerment is gaining traction. Given the long and lonely hours long haul drivers spend on the road and the . . .
Satin Candy is in the Pink! It’s “Pinktober” and Satin Candy, home to exquisite bras and luxurious lingerie, is partnering with the Pink Drive and are affording all customers the opportunity to have complimentary breast examinations in store and for every Satin Candy Purchase, they will donate R50 towards this charitable cause. “The majority of women who come into our stores for the first time often wear the wrong size bra. Many of them don’t know the health risks that are caused by wearing the incorrect sized bra. These health risks could even lead to breast cancer. We really care about our Satin Candy ladies and we’re excited to partner with the Pink Drive to further educate our community. For every in-store purchase, we will donate R50 towards the Pink Drive as well,” says Satin Candy founder, Sandra Thomas. The Pink Drive team will be doing breast examinations at Satin Candy’s Kloof branch on Tuesday, October 16th and at the Windermere branch on Friday, October 19th, from 10h00 until 14h00. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed in October every year. According to the South African National Cancer Registry, one in 27 women in South Africa will be diagnosed with breast cancer and, according to the Cancer Association of South Africa; one in eight stands the chance of getting some type of cancer! The good news is that breast cancer, like other types of cancers, is treatable when detected early. Early detection is absolutely crucial in ensuring effective treatment and a positive outcome. That’s why it’s important for you to examine your breasts regularly and to go for medical check-ups. The Pink Drive KZN Administrator, Janice Benecke, believes the partnership with Satin Candy will go a long way to growing awareness. “Our partnership with one of Durban’s’ leading bra boutiques can definitely help us to extend our reach and accomplish our mission of helping women through early detection, education and support services,” she said. For more . . .
The renowned burns unit at Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, which was the first private facility of its kind to be established in South Africa and saves the lives of scores of serious burn patients every year, is this year commemorating its 10th anniversary. “The doctors and staff members at Netcare Milpark Hospital emergency department’s dedicated burns unit have brought hope and healing to many individuals from our country and from the African continent who have suffered major burns over the past decade,” affirms Mande Toubkin, Netcare’s general manager emergency, trauma, transplant and corporate social investment. According to Toubkin, more than 600 patients with major, or priority 1, burns have been treated at the burns unit over the last seven years, an average of nearly 90 such patients a year. “The facility has achieved outstanding outcomes in these patients, many of whom would have been considered untreatable in the past,” she adds. “If one considers that priority 1 burns are by their definition life threatening, and they unquestionably constitute one of the most complex and demanding areas of medicine, the significant achievements of the Netcare Milpark Hospital burns unit over the last 10 years becomes all too evident. It is therefore not surprising that the facility is today widely considered a leader in the treatment of severe burns cases in Africa,” she observes. “Netcare would like to take the opportunity to thank the multidisciplinary team who have served the company and their patients with such dedication and professionalism over the years. They deserve our acknowledgement and thanks.” Toubkin notes that priority 1 burns are among the most severe traumatic injuries that people can suffer, requiring prompt and highly specialised medical intervention to ensure the best possible outcomes in terms of survival, recovery and future quality of life. “Severely burned patients are therefore best cared for at a dedicated treatment . . .
While the barriers to workplace equality are steadily being worn away, it is still an uphill challenge for many women trying to succeed across the career spectrum. This year’s Women’s Lifestyle Expo (#WLE2018) – brought to you be FMI – is proud to feature a number of high-profile women who have managed to achieve in their respective fields, despite working in traditionally male-dominated industries. “While great strides have been made in creating equal opportunities for South African women in the workplace, there is still so much that needs to be achieved,” said Helen Johns, co-founder of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “The only way to increase the pace is for women to support women, particularly those seeking leadership roles. This is at the heart of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo, and we are so proud to welcome these inspired career leaders to the event.” These economic and social trailblazers – many of whom will be sharing their stories at #WLE2018 at Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza from 29 to 30 September – have imparted some of their wisdom to inspire other women seeking career success. Here are 16 Tips to Succeed in Male-Dominated Industries – from women who have proved it can be done. Jean Chawapiwa, founder and MD of Win Win Solutions 4 Africa; and Country Director for WEConnect International in South Africa, is breaking boundaries in the mining sector. Her top 4 tips for career success, are: 1. Understand the politics of the company. You should always have a strategy to break through and get champions and influencers on your side. 2. Be well informed in your sector and share information. It’s beneficial to be seen to be a person who shares information. 3. Remember that respect is earned, so earn it and give it to those who deserve it. 4. Don’t see being a woman as a weakness, because if you do, then others will too. Nonku Ntshona, CEO of Nonku Ntshona & Associates Quantity Surveyors LTD, and an award-winning entrepreneur, knows how to build . . .
Marie Stopes South Africa launched their newly refurbished women’s healthcare centre at Ghandi Square in Central Johannesburg with the aim of empowering women with the freedom to have children by choice, not chance. To open the launch event, Marie Stopes staff members broke out into song which enhanced the welcoming atmosphere. This was followed by an inspiring address by special guest speaker Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng (AKA Dr T emphasised the importance of reproductive health for all women including those who can and can’t afford it, those from South Africa and those seeking asylum illegally in the country as well as transgendered people who are often excluded from receiving reproductive care. Next up, Marie Stopes’ Country Director, Blum Khan highlighted the importance of the centre’s location in Ghandi Square, particularly as it is situated in the heart of Johannesburg and is easily accessible to everyone. This was followed by a speech from Marie Stopes’ Northern Region Regional Clinical Manager, Brenda Bamuzo, who spoke on the importance of making Marie Stopes a place that is not intimidating and solely seen as a safe abortion care provider. “This branch will be an important step towards doing so by providing clients with an accommodating atmosphere from the moment they walk through our doors.” A ribbon cutting ceremony by Dr T officially marked the opening of the centre and was followed by a tour of the facility for members of the media and Marie Stopes’ partners. While all the festivities were taking place inside the venue, staff were outside handing out brochures and giving members of the public a brief understanding of the offerings available at the centre. Open from 08:30 to 19:00 on weekdays and from 08:30 to 17:00 on Saturdays, the new facility will provide women with a safe, affordable, confidential and high-quality service that gives them control over their own health and fertility. Services offered include safe abortion care; pap smears; women’s . . .
Wherever you’re headed on Friday, 12 October, make sure you wear a hat and lend your support to the #HatsOn4CPC initiative, raising funds for palliative care services offered to children with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses. Organised by The International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN), #HatsOn4CPC both raises funds and creates awareness about the vital work being done by children’s hospices and palliative care services globally. ICPCN plays a strategic role within the international health and palliative care arena, assisting countries and organisations to develop services and promote universal access to palliative care for children and their families. The valuable impact of palliative care is evidenced by the smiling face of young Gauteng resident, Koketso. Admitted in August 2010 to Lambano Sanctuary, a hospice facility in Germiston offering palliative care to children, Koketso was in considerably ill health. Lambano Sanctuary is a 14-bed inpatient unit that receives patients from a large catchment area. It is the only paediatric facility offering palliative care to chronically ill children in the Gauteng province. Although Koketso’s dire condition warranted hospital admission for a proper work up, territorial factors and a lack of referral summary meant Lambano Sanctuary was his last hope. With limited medical history, the dedicated staff at Lambano Sanctuary worked with Koketso and his foster mother, providing a caring hospice environment and access to much needed medical care from Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Within less than a year, Koketso had made a remarkable recovery, with his quality of life drastically improved from his first admission when he required end-of-life care. He has since moved back home to Pretoria. It is estimated that Koketso is one of more than 21 million children worldwide who are battling with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness or condition. At present, fewer than 1% of these children . . .
An innovative paediatric catering programme has been introduced at Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital. The ‘Rusty the Rhino’ programme, developed by the Compass Group and Medirest, Netcare’s catering service supplier, is being introduced in all Netcare hospitals with paediatric wards countrywide. “The programme heralds a new approach to paediatric catering in that the enticing menus not only offer nutritious meals designed to appeal to junior palates while the friendly rhinoceros character is expected to make the hospital experience more pleasant for children,” says Dirk Truter, general manager of Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital. “When children are admitted to hospital they invariably feel anxious about being away from home. At Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital we strive to make our paediatric wards a welcoming environment for our young patients. In our experience, children who are unwell and are in the unfamiliar surroundings of a healthcare facility often require a little extra coaxing to encourage them to eat, as maintaining good nutrition is a very important part of their recovery process,” explains Truter. Celebrity chef Reuben Riffel, who is an ambassador for Medirest, was involved in the launch of this exciting new children’s programme at Netcare hospitals. “I have always been passionate about good food, as it is such an integral part of our daily lives and can enhance almost any experience. Being a father myself, I know that children are often very particular about which foods they are prepared to try,” he notes. “Rusty the Rhino brings a new element of fun to meal times for children in hospital. Presentation of food is extremely important, and the meals will be served on trays and crockery decorated with Rusty the Rhino’s smiling face. The age-specific menus are designed to be healthy yet enticing for children and include ‘kiddie favourites’ with a wholesome yet tasty twist,” Riffel explains. “The rhinoceros was chosen for the programme because children in . . .
This year on World Heart Day on 29 September, people around the world were encouraged to make a personal commitment to improving their heart health, and Netcare hospitals and emergency departments around South Africa got behind the initiative in order to help convey this important message to the public. “Heart disease, which can often be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle and diet, is a leading natural cause of death in South Africa, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa [HSFSA]. This underscores the importance of us all prioritising our cardiovascular health,” says Dr Biancha Mentoor, clinical improvement lead at Netcare. “Netcare hospitals and emergency departments used the opportunity of World Heart Day, which was the culmination of our National Heart Awareness Month, to help raise awareness amongst South Africans on the causes and possible ways of preventing the development of cardiovascular disease. “Some of our facilities hosted special educational World Heart Day events and talks, while others will used information leaflets and posters developed by the World Heart Federation [WHF], which globally organises World Heart Day, to get people thinking about and committed to their heart health,” adds Dr Mentoor. Dr Mentoor says that the theme of this year’s World Heart Day was “My Heart, Your Heart”, which simply aimed to motivate people from around the globe to make a personal promise to adopt the necessary lifestyle and dietary changes to keep their cardiovascular systems in good health. The HSFSA has, meanwhile, localised the theme of the day to: “My Heart, Your Heart and the Hearts of all South Africans”. One of the WHF’s posters sums up the aim of their 2018 World Heart Day campaign succinctly: “On World Heart Day, we’re asking you to make a promise. A promise to eat more healthily, to get more active, to say no to smoking. A simple promise… for my heart, for your heart, for all of our hearts.” Mande Toubkin, . . .
The cardiac care centre at Netcare Olivedale Hospital in Johannesburg has been completely refurbished and equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment and technologies to enable the diagnosis and treatment of a comprehensive range of cardiac and cardiovascular and other vascular conditions to be optimised. “The cardiac care centre includes a completely renovated cardiac catheterisation laboratory, a dedicated cardiac theatre, a dedicated cardiac intensive care unit managed by intensive care trained staff, as well as a 26-bed cardiac general ward. It also has a rehabilitation service available for cardiovascular patients, as well as a comfortable visitors’ lounge adjoining the centre, where appropriate support can be provided to family members,” said Jacques du Plessis, managing director of the Netcare hospital division, who formally opened the facility recently. “Cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, a neuro-radiologist and other specialists, backed by trained nursing staff and healthcare practitioners who are passionate about the care of patients, serve this superb newly upgraded unit. The upgrades take the facility firmly into the future to the benefit of our patients, as care that is internationally comparable can be provided at the centre,” added Du Plessis. According to Du Plessis, conditions that can be treated at the centre range from intricate minimally invasive interventions to treat brain aneurysms to traditional open-heart surgery. Dr Robert Routier, an interventional cardiologist who practises at Netcare Olivedale Hospital, says he is most gratified with the upgrade of the centre, which is spacious, well equipped to facilitate the work of the cardiovascular surgeons and interventional specialists and has a streamlined design to optimise patient care. “The dedicated cardiac theatre is situated adjacent to the cardiac catheterisation laboratory, which . . .