Increases in global average air and sea temperature, ice melting and rising global sea levels all help us understand and prepare for the coming challenges. As this being the major topic in the world, the theme for this year was “ Protecting Health from the Climate Change.”
Climate change is posing a growing threat to global health security and coping with the challenges requires increased worldwide collaboration among all stakeholders.
World Health Organization Country Office with the Department of Health and other stake holders commemorated the World Health Day on the 7th of April 2008 at the Bophelong Stadium in the Gauteng Province.
Key note address was delivered by the Honourable Minister of Health Dr. Manto Tshbalala-Msimang and stressed the leading cause of green house gases for climate change and it is mainly due to over usage of the same by Industrial Countries. This could be balanced and addressed by educating and raising awareness among all Industrial Countries and also strengthening partnerships in the fight against Global warming.
Activities of the Day:
The day was celebrated by a Health Walk of 3 km, led by the Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang and Dr. Stella Anyangwe, WR for the country office and different groups within the community.
Health screening was also done on the site. An oral mobile was provided on –site and 15 nurses and 3 Oral hygienists were screening the community for Diabetes, Hypertension Vision and other.
There was an exhibition on all health issues and information on health matters by the local departments and also by the National and Provincial Councils.
The Minister of Health had an opportunity to donate 10 wheelchairs and 3 walking sticks to commemorate the day and the patients were from the Sedibeng district who were Pre-screened.
Visit to local clinic:
Visit to the near Retswelapele clinic and planting a tree was given the hint of protecting climate at the crucial time like this and it also marked the event. This was also done by the Minister of Health and she also donated some garden tools to encourage communities on food garden projects.
Approximate 5000 community members attended the event. Programmes were directed by the Local Councilor Ms Tsokodibane. The Minister was interviewed by the SABC 2 morning live show. Also other media and Print media members were present to support this world event. According to the Department of Health the event costed the National Government R752, 591.520