ACHAP PARTICIPATED AT KWENENG WEST HEALTH FAIR
On the 25th of November 2016, ACHAP participated at a Health fair organised by District AIDS Coordinator office (DAC) at Takatokwane village in Kweneng west themed “Prevention & Early Detection; Key to good Health.” The guest speaker at the health fair was the ACHAP Executive Officer-Programs, Dr. Frank Mwangemi. The main purpose of the health fair was to bring health service closer to the people and encourage them to take responsibility of their health through regular visits to doctors for early disease detection and possible early and treatment.
Delivering his key note address, Mwangemi said that as we aspire to reach good health through prevention and early detection, we need to take note of key epidemics of our time such as communicable diseases like Tuberculosis & HIV/AIDS and also non-communicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes and accidents that have been our major concern in the country. He further stated that, it is our individual responsibility to keep healthy as the benefits of good health are enjoyed at personal level. “Prevention is always better and cheaper than cure, therefore it is our personal responsibility to be healthy. We need to do all that we can to ensure that we remain healthy” Mwangemi said.
Mwangemi further advised the audience that disease prevention is critical as it ensures that one does not get sick while early detection ensures that when diagnosed to be sick, treatment may be started early. “When you are sick and the sickness is detected early you have a privilege to be treated early hence minimize the risks of developing complications which may make your life miserable” Mwangemi elaborated.
The fair started with a walk in the morning followed by aerobics before official presentations for the day proceeded. ACHAP was amongst various health organisations who participated at the event and exhibited a stall. Entertainment at the health fair included Polka dance and performance by Magdaline Lesolebe popularly known as “Charmagal” in music circle who mesmerized the crowd with her kwasa dance hit titled “Hardrock”. The event was graced by leadership from Takatokwane and surrounding villages.