DUT’S FUCULTY OF SCIENCES PROMOTES HEALTH AWARENESS.
By Winston Sibanda
The Durban University of Technology’s (DUT) Health Department joined hands with its Housing Department in a health awareness campaign this week.
The health campaign, which was a first of its kind, saw students from the Faculty of Health Sciences volunteering to render their service to the institution’s Steve Biko campus. This initiative was introduces by Gladdington Residence, one of DUT’s residences in collaboration with the Health Department.
According to Euvette Taylor, a fifth year student in homeopathy and resident advisor of Gladdington residence, a lot of people take health issues lightly. He said that one of the main reasons to embark on this campaign was to educate students on health and nutrition related issues. Tackling the issue of diet, he said that South Africa has a growing trend of obesity and people are not well informed when it comes to what they eat. In his response to health issues concerning cafeterias, he said that the institution has a food committee which deals with the quality of food in cafeterias.
Taylor and Doctor Ngobese, one of the staff members in the Department of Health Sciences, have started a program which is aimed to educate the community on health issues. They run this program at Ukuba Nesibindi Clinic which is situated at the market close to the Durban CBD. They go there three times a week. According to Taylor, this initiative is aimed at giving back to the community as it is a free service. They conduct free blood pressure and sugar level tests to members of the community.
He highlighted the need to take care of the mind. He said, “The body talks to us but we do not listen, people should feed their brain as well as they feed their bodies. The brain needs glucose.”
Phindile Khumalo, who was one of the volunteers, urged students to exercise and keep checking their blood pressure levels. She told students that blood pressure levels change regularly.
During the campaign, the health science department offered free testing of sugar levels, blood pressure and the pulse rate. They also educated students on symptoms of such diseases.
Taylor commended on the success of the campaign as the queues kept on increasing by the day. He gave credit to the Housing Department for their support. He hoped for more help financially to enable the initiative to expand.