With the recent increase in the number of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), the Institute of Development Management (IDM) Public Health Cohort Student 1 decided to educate Batswana about such diseases.
They were due to hold an NCDs Awareness Day on July 7 under the theme ‘Be there for someone else, give blood, share love and screen for NCDS’. Activities for the day included testing for hypertension, diabetes, tuberculosis (TB), pap smears and HIV.
One of the students Kealeboga Lekgatlhanye said they are doing all this as an answer to the call by the Ministry of Health and Wellness to donate blood to alleviate its shortage. They are urging the communities around to be keen to donate knowing that it can save many lives.
“According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) global status report Non Communicable Diseases are rising rapidly in Africa and projected to exceed communicable, maternal, perinatal and nutritional diseases as the most causes of death by 2030,” he said. Lekgatlhanye said insufficient physical activity, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, raised blood pressure, overweight and obesity, raised cholesterol and cancer associated related illnesses have been the source of diseases in many people and as such it is important for Batswana to change their way of life and make their health a priority.
He said it is very important that Batswana are sensitised to donate blood because blood is needed when someone is on surgery, during maternal births, dealing with burns, anaemic patients and many others which can basically be anyone including them.