DSA News Spring 2019

DSA Port Elizabeth news

Health awareness day in Malabar

The Malabar Diabetes Wellness Group held their 4th biennial Health Awareness Day, on 22 June 2019, at the Malabar Community Centre.

Amongst the screenings that were offered free of charge to the community were blood glucose, cholesterol, BMI, TB, HIV/AIDS, vision, hearing, and feet examination. A medical doctor was also in attendance to answer questions and offer advice.

Many healthcare groups manned exhibition tables, namely: Port Elizabeth Branch had a display of old glucometers and syringes as well as a slide show of our history; Springdale concentrated on promoting membership; Malabar had a large variety of pamphlets and were there to advise the people; DSA Young Guns explained what is available for young Type 1s; Nelson Mandela Health District; Parkinson’s Support Group; Heart and Stroke Foundation; Van der Sandt Audiology; Retina SA E.C; Specsavers; CANSA; Podiatrist; St Francis Hospice; ForaCare, Africa; and VitolAire.

A total of 192 people took advantage of the various screenings that were on offer. The youngest was a recently diagnosed two-year-old and the oldest an amazing 95-year-old lady.

Before the doors even opened, members of the community were waiting for the free screening tests.
The Nelson Mandela Health District team, led by Sr. Marina Barnard, were in attendance to assist with the screenings.
Surendra Daya and his hard-working committee ladies helped to keep things running smoothly and to ensure that the service providers had ample tasty refreshments.
Paula Thom and Darren Badenhuizen manned the DSA Young Guns table. They helped, not only to give advice to young Type 1s, but also to help people understand that a person of any age can develop diabetes.

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