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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.

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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

 
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