IDM marks Health Awareness Day

IDM marks Health Awareness Day

MASERU – THE Institute of Development Management (IDM) commemorated Health Awareness Day yesterday.
The purpose of the day is to raise health awareness to the people.
Other big companies joined the IDM in this endeavour.
The event was held at the IDM premises.
The IDM Human Resources Manager, Rethabile Melao-Ntlama, said they decided to engage in health awareness in the country.

“Often times, people go to the clinics while (they are already) in critical conditions and this not advisable,” Melao-Ntlama said.
She said it is not always that people go to the clinics without any health problems just for check-ups and testing.
She said some of the people live for a longer periods of time without knowing their health.

In most cases, this leads to a gradual deterioration of health conditions.
Melao-Ntlama said they decided to bring this kind of opportunity to students so that they could know and take care of their health.
Neo Mokhiba, a representative from JHPIEGO, an international, non-profit health organisation affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University dedicated to improving the health of women and families, urged people to use Prep medication.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a course of HIV drugs taken by HIV-negative people to protect them against HIV infection.
Prep medication is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at very high risk of getting HIV to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day.
The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV.
Mokhiba said this medication is available to every person.
JHPIEGO advised youths who are actively involved in unprotected sex to use this medication to avoid HIV/AIDS.
However, she said this could not help youths to avoid pregnancy.

Nyakallo Lesehe from Metropolitan Lesotho urged people to take care of their health before it deteriorates to a critical level.
Another participant, Palesa Makae from Vitality Health urged Basotho to apply for health plan policies.
She said Vitality Health helps people by providing ambulances in case of emergencies.
Makae said their ambulances deliver services to all their clients wherever they are.

Refiloe Mpobole

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