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Rotarians observe Family Health Day

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Oct. 14, 2020 2 min read

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THE Rotary Club of Maloti will on Saturday commemorate the Family Health Day at St Joseph’s Hospital in Roma.

The Rotary Family Health Day is a signature programme of the Rotarians for family health care and AIDS prevention.

According to the Rotary Director of Publicity Marie Mary Mothibeli, the day will be celebrated through paying homage to health front line workers by awarding them certificates of appreciation.

Partners who have in the past helped make the Rotary Health Day a success will also be honoured as part of the event.

Ms Mothibeli said they will also donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the health workers.

“This is meant to bring free health care services to historically disadvantaged and under-serviced areas and their people. The services to be offered free of charge will include TB screening, cancer screening, Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure and diabetes screening, promotion of vaccination for children particular emphasis on Polio, dental work and promotion of dental hygiene, eye testing, adolescent health services as well as HIV counseling and testing,” she also said.

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The celebration will also mark the World Polio Day which is an annual event held on October 24.

This after the World Health Organisation (WHO) earlier in August declared Africa as Polio free.
Polio usually affects children under five years, sometimes leading to irreversible paralysis. It spreads from person to person usually through use of contaminated water.
Two out of three strains of wild Polio virus have been eradicated worldwide.

More than 95 per cent of Africa's population has now been immunised and this was one of the conditions that the African Regional Certification Commission set before declaring the continent free from wild Polio.

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