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 SAAF Members tested during Health Awareness Week

By Amn Beauty N. Buthelezi and photos by WO2 Cristo Crous, Ad Astra magazine

The South African Air Force (SAAF) headquarters’ social worker, Captain B. M. Maselelane, said on 12 May 2008 that the two days, in which health workers treated and checked members of a variety of medical conditions, were aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle among them.

Furthermore, Capt B.M. Meselane said:” In future there were high possibilities that we could bring the Concurrent Health Assessment (CHA) office to the SAAF HQ to do an extended programme”. Extraordinary displays of the Masibambane project and Tshepisong TB Hospital artifacts were exhibited all over the place. The project was the first to be organised by the SAAF.

Earlier, at a roll call parade held at the Swartkop airfield on 28 February 2008, the Chief of the Air Force, Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano, had highlighted that there was need for members to be combat-ready at all times. He had also indicated that a healthy military force was important hence members should participate in continuous physical reviews and evaluations.

Several medical check-ups were conducted, including the following: dental, glucose and cholesterol, high blood pressure and tuberculosis. Almost all the members at the HQ were tested for different ailments.

Nurses from the Tshepisong TB Hospital also attended to many soldiers. The awareness week at the SAAF was also organised by Cpl Sebolaise Sannie Mehlape of the HQ Unit.

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