115 children who form part of the JAG Foundation Mighty Meter Programme were
screened to help detect possible heart defects spread awareness of heart health
for September’s heart awareness month.
heart murmur detection is vital in these children’s lives” says Dr Liesl
Zuhlke, president of the Paediatric Cardiac Society of South Africa, who
participated in the screening process yesterday and diagnosed one of the
children with a serious case of Atrial Septal defect (ASD). The life expectancy
is about 40 years for this patient if not treated within a timely manner.
who are born with an ASD have a hole in their heart, allowing less oxygen in
the blood that goes to the body and are sometimes only discovered much later in
life, which can become very problematic as the opening becomes larger.
such as these and many more are why the JAG Foundation and Diacoustic Medical
Devices partnered to screen the hearts of children in rural areas. During the last 6 months Dr Nuraan Mammon, a
General Practitioner at Cavendish Medical in the Western Cape, along with
Diacoustic’s medical software device SensiCardiac have screened over 400
children that are a part of the JAG Foundation, including their JAG rugby
screened the hearts of the children, and once she suspected a heart murmur the
child was screened by SensiCardiac, a heart murmur detection device that works
in conjunction with an electronic stethoscope in order not to refer any
unnecessary patients to the cardiologist.
children were referred to Dr Zühlke, where she and her team were established in
the Mobile clinic for Kids’ Heart-health vehicle with ECG and echo
machines. 3 referrals were positive and
will be sent for further screening and examination accompanied by their parents
at Red Cross Hospital in Cape Town.
started with the children and Mr Paulse, Headmaster of Nerina Primary School
welcoming the Diacoustic and JAG team to their school. Dr Liesl Zuhlke took the stage and spoke to
the children on having a healthy heart, the importance of exercising, eating
healthy foods and drinking a lot of water.
She raised the importance of not getting into the habit of bad
addictions such as Alcohol, as children in these areas are more prone to start
from an early age and showing the beliefs of what the JAG foundation stands
for. Quality Beverages also played a
role in donating Jive LITE, a sugar-free drink to help make the day a success
and encourage the initiative of healthy living.
and the JAG Foundation continue with September’s initiative to raise awareness
on possible heart defects and will be at Arcadia Primary School on the 17th of
September, screening the hearts of JAG Rugby members.