Health education programmes bear fruits

By Jerold Sasa

THE Second Republic’s health education programmes have attracted the attention of the World Health Organisation after an effective awareness campaign on non-communicable diseases.

With lack of knowledge being one of the biggest challenges in dealing with non-communicable diseases worldwide, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been impressed by the Second Republic’s health education programmes which have cascaded to every community around the country.

The global health watchdog, which was part of a free diabetes outreach programme at Dendenyore Business Centre in Wedza this Friday, emphasised the need for communities to have easy access to information on health issues.

“We are very impressed as WHO with the government’s heath education programmes as they have ensured all communities have access to information on health-related issues and are not left out,” said Dr Tsitsi Siwela-World Health Organisation NCD focal person.

Speaking during the same event, Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Senator Aplonia Munzverengwi noted that the private sector is welcome to partner government in health education programmes to ensure no one and no place is left behind.

“We urge the private sector to come on board to help communities have health information as some people are suffering in silence without knowing,” she said.

The free diabetes outreach programme saw villagers being tested for diabetes, blood pressure while also being screened for cancer, among other diseases.