Rotarians hold ''Family Health Day'' in 3 African countries

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Over 200,000 people are expected to receive free medical care on Friday (10May) as Rotary International marks its ''Family Health Day'' in three African countries.

According to Joana Pereira, a Rotarian and Media Relations Executive, the Family Health Day would continue to have sites in Nigeria and Uganda but that this year’s focus was on South Africa, who were being included for the first time.

''Family Health Day intends to raise awareness around polio, HIV, Tuberculosis and other non-communicable diseases,'' she said.

''Medical personnel will be providing free, holistic health care, including screenings for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Diabetes.''

She disclosed that around 50,000 people would receive testing and counselling services for HIV/AIDS over a three-day period.

Marion Bunch, CEO of Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS prevention, was reported to have stated that in 2011 there were approximately 5.6 million people living with AIDS in South Africa, the highest number of people in any country.

South Africa's Department of Health was said to have promised that the government would cover the cost of medical staff and services provided across the 180 sites in the country.

Also, Family Health Day is receiving support from The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, USAID and the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Delta Airlines and around 100 NGOs.
-0- PANA MLJ/VAO 9May2013

09 mai 2013 15:53:31

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