13 April 2014

South Africa: Thousands Receive Services On World Health Day

More than 2 000 people living near the Swaziland and Mozambican borders received comprehensive government services on their doorstep as part of World Health Day.

Led by Mpumalanga Health and Social Development Department MEC, Candith Mashego-Dlamini, officials from the South African Social Security Agency and police officers celebrated World Health Day with villagers, who gathered at a local stadium in Naas on Friday.

"We did not choose Nkomazi because the people here are mostly affected by HIV and Aids, but we chose Nkomazi because there are two borders, which makes people vulnerable to mosquitoes that cause malaria," said MEC Mashego-Dlamini.

The MEC also warned anyone travelling to countries like Swaziland Mozambique to visit their local hospitals or clinics to get injections for Yellow Fever.

"Get the Yellow Fever injections and also make sure that your houses or the places you live in are clean because those small insects can harm you and your kids," she said.

She added that while malaria was dangerous, it was also important for people to avoid contracting HIV.

"Our stats show that now there is a high number of teenage girls who are infected with HIV. This is less the number of teen boys infected," she said, warning teens against the dangers of sugar daddies.

The MEC further encouraged the use condoms and testing for HIV and other sexual transmitted infections.

About 200 people were given spectacles, while two people with disabilities received wheelchairs. Eleven families received food parcels. - SAnews.gov.za

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