Department launches intergration of T.B in the Health Promoting Schools programme.
The Eastern Cape department of Health has launched an Integration of TB in the Health Promoting Schools Programme at Sapphire Road Primary School in Booysens Park in Port Elizabeth on Friday, 25th April 2008.
This event was mainly aimed at raising general awareness about the challenges facing communities in relation to TB and to advocate for healthy and responsible living for people infected and affected by TB.
The department has identified primary schools as strategic points for the implementation of TB awareness campaigns. Sapphire school is a Health Promoting School which has a running programme; hence the launch of the integration of TB in the Health Promoting Schools programme targeted this school.
Director for TB control Ms Miyakazi Nokwe, said: “This is an ongoing campaign that we plan to integrate into the schools‘curriculum. We are in talks with the department of education to have the programme integrated in life skills and orientation subjects”.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality was declared as one of the TB crisis areas in the Eastern Cape Province. This district carries the highest TB rate and drug resistant TB burden in this province."We want students to be educated about TB, we want an open window policy and we want schools, parents and educators to support us in their schools.” Nokwe said.
During the launch, TB screening was available for the public and guest speakers emphasized the importance of checking their TB status and how those infected should keep receiving treatment until cured.
Director Health Promotions, Nosisa Tshangane said schools require perfectly healthy students in order to function well.
"You are all health promoters and I want to appeal to parents to be good examples and create healthy lifestyle environment for children”, Tshangane said. By Yonela Dekeda
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