Awareness day for non-communicable diseases

HARARE - Cimas Medical Aid Society on Saturday held a public awareness day for non-communicable diseases at the Africa Unity Square.

There were several testing areas for different diseases which include HIV/Aids, diabetes, anaemia and many others.

People responded well to the initiative as several were seen visiting the different testing areas.

According to Lindiwe Munjanja, head of public relations at Cimas people responded well to HIV/Aids and diabetes testing.

“There were long winding queues especially at the New Start testing facilities. It was surprisingly good and it made us realise that people are becoming more and more conscientised about the disease. It shows that people realised that it is better to be aware than to live in denial.

“With the diabetes guys, they had 500 strips and they were all used up,” she said.

Montana added that it was good for people to know their health status before the situation becomes too big to handle.

“We organised this event so that people get free testing for several diseases. We were educating them on why it was good to know how they were health-wise.

“When the disease is detected in its later stages it becomes difficult for the individual and even us as a medical aid society to control.

That is what we wanted people to be aware of and take necessary steps to protect their health and also lead healthy lifestyles,” he said.

Montana said over 800 people responded to the initiative.

Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi provided entertainment for the people before the rains interrupted.

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