Home > News > Events Updated 18 March 2013 Omron Healthcare contributes to health education in Soweto clinics Soweto Cardiovascular Research Unit and Omron Healthcare Europe collaborate to distribute 120 blood pressure monitors amongst twelve clinics throughout Soweto. 0 iStock Related 5-point heart check 10 strange ways to stay healthy Kids who cook hungrier for healthy food choices While health-consciousness has become socially embedded in some nations, the trend towards increased health education is expanding in others. Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa is a prime example of an urban area where organizations and communities are working together to raise awareness about the importance of regular health monitoring and disease prevention.As a contribution to the educational programs, Omron Healthcare Europe is donating 120monitoringdevices, which will be distributed by the Soweto Cardiovascular Research Unit (SOCRU), the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research (HICRA) and the City of Johannesburg Health Department amongst various clinics throughout the area. Along with the donations, these organizations will collaborate to duly inform patients about the correct use of the blood pressure monitors and the importance of regular health checks, either at home or at the local clinic for prevention and management of disease related to cardiovascular conditions. In addition, nurses will also be empowered to detect and monitor high blood pressure of patients.“We are seeing more cases of cardiovascular disease due to lifestyle factors, such as smoking, obesity and poor dietary patterns” says Sandra Pretorius, PhD fellowof SOCRU. “Donations such as these, therefore, are of extreme importance as they support the awareness and intervention programs, allowing us to provide essential equipment and expertise for sustainability of these programs.”SOCRU and HICRA host regular health awareness and screening days for the prevention chronic disease of lifestyle risk factors in low-resource communities, such as Soweto. Additionally, the organizations proactively work towards raising awareness about heart disease during pregnancy, by engaging pregnant women and their families in educational programs.“The importance of personal health education has become widely acknowledged with people becoming more conscious about their lifestyle choices than ever before… and the Soweto community is no exception” says NicoMyburgh, Omron Healthcare South Africa representative. “We strongly support initiatives by organizations, such as SOCRU, but we also firmly believe that monitoring can only be effective if carried out correctly.”On the 19th and 20th of March, the organizations will be at the Elias Motsoaledi and Senaoane clinic, where locals are invited for a free health screening and trainings on how to effectively take measurements to obtain the most accurate results. SOCRU Health Screenings 19th March: 09.00-13.00 in Elias Motsoaledi Clinic 20th March: 09.00-13.00 in Senaoane Clinic Press Release NEXT ON HEALTH24X 'I believe it’s easier to live with HIV than being diabetic' 2017-05-26 11:40 More: NewsEvents advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical 'I believe it’s easier to live with HIV than being diabetic' Medical 2 HPV shots can prevent genital warts News 5 stories to show how different young and old people are Diet and nutrition What to eat during Ramadan? Here's a complete meal plan Medical Lack of sleep doubles chances of dying from heart disease Lifestyle Laser skin therapy – could this be the answer to your skin problems? From our sponsors WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Constipation in women SA's old diesel vehicles continue to fuel allergies Live healthier Dangerous winter sun » Why female students ignore the risks of indoor tanning Can rooibos protect you from the effects of UVB exposure? Skin cancer always a risk – even in winter During winter, the risk of skin cancer doesn’t disappear. CyberDoc talks to us about when to see your doctor about a strange-looking mole or spot. Did you know? » The 5 saltiest foods may surprise you Craving salt? Your genes may be the reason 10 fascinating facts about salt The one thing that fast foods, whether it be chips, hamburgers, pretzels or fried chicken have in common, is loads of salt.