… HIV, prostate cancer, hypertension tests to be conducted countrywide
By Confidente Reporter
THE Ministry of Works and Transport, with support from the German government through the Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, and in collaboration with the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) and the Ministry of Health and Social Services, has embarked on a biometric screening campaign for all works ministry employees and transport sector stakeholders in all regions of Namibia.
The employee wellness screening campaign will focus on providing sector employees with an opportunity to be screened for HIV, cholesterol, glucose, prostate cancer, eye problems and hypertension (high blood pressure).
The campaign, which runs from 30 October to 17 November in Khomas, and will also form part of the World Aids Day commemoration in the Zambezi region, with on-site screening sessions already starting on the 22 November in that region leading, up to the 1 December main events.
WBCG mobile wellness clinics will be set up in the town of Katima Mulilo, as well as the local airport, and Kongola and Ngoma.
The campaign will continue in February and March next year in the other regions of the country.
It is being done in line with the National Strategic Framework on HIV response and as a transport and logistics sectoral contribution to the country’s 90-90-90 global targets. The Ministry of Works and Transport considers the promotion of employee wellness as one of its key strategic objectives in its strategic plan 2012-2017. In 2014, as part of its mission to inspire and advance policy and lifestyle changes that promote health and wellness, through prevention, the Ministry of Works and Transport, through its Employee Wellness sub-division, conducted wellness screenings, which allowed the ministry to identify the wellness status of its workforce at 67 worksites countrywide.
A total of 1 539 employees, representing 64 percent of the ministry’s estimated 2 390 employees at the time, took part in the wellness campaign.
The works ministry management and staff, especially in the regions, were very pleased to receive testing services at their workplaces. The enormous number of staff members that took part in the HIV testing, demonstrated such satisfaction.
This time around, the wellness testing campaign will not only be offered to ministry employees, but also workers in the public works and transport sector, thereby demonstrating an effective and smart partnership approach.
The campaign aims to reach a minimum of 4 500 employees.
The main objectives of the biometric testing campaign are:
•To inform the Ministry of Works and Transport and stakeholders in the sector on what interventions they ought to invest their resources into,
based on the wellness screening outcomes; and
•To ensure that individual participants are informed of their wellness and HIV status, and where necessary, be advised to seek further medical attention
With the involvement of the transport sector, as a whole, additional information will be gathered and awareness on wellness will be conducted in the sector, accordingly.
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