The Mpumalanga Department of Health initiated a ground-breaking campaign on January 09 at Mayflower Hall, spearheaded by Minister of Health, Dr. Joe Phaahla.
The event marked the official launch of a comprehensive household hypertension assessment drive, aiming to empower community members to take proactive measures towards their health.
Joined by the Executive Mayor of the Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality Cllr Daniel Nkosi, the Minister emphasised the campaign’s primary objective: to instil a sense of ownership among individuals regarding their health status.
Stressing the importance of regular health check-ups, Minister Phaahla urged both men and women to prioritize their well-being, particularly addressing the prevailing reluctance among males in seeking healthcare services.
“Visiting health facilities plays a crucial role in ensuring one’s overall health,” stated the Minister, underscoring the significance of early detection and prevention.
He emphasized the need for a shift in mindset, encouraging the community to embrace healthy lifestyles conducive to longer and healthier lives.
Moreover, Dr. Phaahla highlighted the pivotal role of community health care workers, equipping them with essential tools like hypertension testing machines to aid in household assessments. Expressing gratitude to these frontline workers, he urged community members to heed their advice and utilize their services effectively.
In a demonstration of the campaign’s practical implementation, the Minister, accompanied by the Executive Mayor, personally visited several households. Nurses and community health care workers collaborated in conducting hypertension assessments, underscoring the initiative’s hands-on approach and commitment to community welfare.