Brits District Hospital reaches out to a village school

On the 8th of March 2017, Brits District Hospital as a leading authority in providing comprehensive health care services in Madibeng was at it again when its multi-disciplinary team comprising of Dietitians, Physiotherapists and Health Promoter descended upon Jethro Pelle Secondary School in the village called Rabokala near Letlhabile township to empower its learners during the National School Health Week.

The learners ranging from grade 8 to grade 9 were exposed to the importance of healthy eating, physical exercise activities and personal hygiene. Two Hospital’s Dietitians (Genna Uren and Maryam Ismail) gave a presentation on eating healthy and highlighted how food plays an important role in the mental development and concentration levels in class.  They further created a platform for learners to ask questions related to their daily eating habits such as an excessive consumption of a township burger (bunny chow / sephatlho / kota) by their peers.

Dietitians made them aware of the health risks of consuming excessive processed food and salt like viennas, Russians, French and fatty chips. Health risks such as high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.

The Hospital’s Health Promoter Ntebaleng Mawela interacted with the learners on issues of personal hygiene for both male and female learners. He also encouraged male learners to utilize government’s free Male Medical Circumcision services available at Letlhabile Community Health Centre and at Bapong Community Health Centre as part of personal hygiene. In the same vein, hospital’s chief physiotherapist Tebello Masala together with her mentees from Sefako Makgatho University educated learners about the benefits of physical exercise which are good for strong and healthy body. This initiative was not just a talk shop; a number of learners were taken through their paces as part of physical exercises demonstrations.  Moreover Learners were also encouraged to pursue careers in health fields as South Africa is currently experiencing a massive shortage of professionals in health.

The School Management’s representative Mme Thipe thanked Brits Hospital’s officials for their concerted efforts in opening the eyes of Jethro Pelle Secondary School’s learners.