Rotary Family Health Days – 2017

Hundreds of Vrygrond residents got a free health screening last week when they took part in the Rotary Family Health Days.

The health days were part of the organisation’s fifth annual health project in South Africa and formed part of a national campaign which took place in 120 areas. The health days were held over three days from Wednesday October 3 until Friday October 5 at the Sozo Foundation in Vrygrond and volunteers from Kromboom, Constantia and Wynberg Rotary clubs assisted.

Health screenings included: immunisation and Vitamin A supplementation, HIV counselling and testing services, TB counselling
and screening, blood pressure screening, cholesterol screening, diabetes screening, provision of contraceptives, cervical and breast cancer screening, eye examinations and provision of information for girls and young women.

The Rotary Family Health Days campaign is also being held in Uganda, Nigeria ,Ghana and India and sees organisations and the department of health come together to provide the free services to impoverished areas in these countries.

Organisations who assisted in the Vrygrond Family Health days include: the Sozo Foundation, City of Cape Town Health, The Western Cape Health Department, Living Hope, Compassion in Action, Where Rainbows Meet, Mother’s Unite and Spec-Savers and Rotary interactive clubs.

[This article – not the pictures – were taken from Southern Mail 11 October 2017, Reporter Lilian Amos]