SANZAF hosts wellness programme

From left are Gerald Leaner, MediRite regional manager, Shereen Marlie from Salt River having her blood pressure tested, Sulaiman Fortune, SANZAF caseworker and Anushca van Oorsdt, MediRite pharmacist assistant.

The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) hosted a wellness day for senior citizens at the Salt River community hall last week.

The 120 senior citizens who attended, were from Salt River, Maitland,Koeberg, Woodstock,Observatory, Brooklyn, Cape Town, Kensington and Factreton.

Among the services offered were blood pressure and glucose testing.

Sister Busisiwe Tandatu from the District 6 Day Hospital, tested the seniors’ blood sugar levels – even if they believed that it wasn’t necessary.

“It is important for anyone who is visiting a clinic or any place to have a regular sugar test if you are over the age of 40,” she said.

Shereen Marlie, 74, from Salt River was grateful to be able to have these tests conducted because, she said, there were often long lines of people waiting for similar services at the clinic.

Each of the senior citizens was served breakfast and lunch and received a gift bag containing toiletries.

Sanzaf general manager, Yasmin Francke, said: “We regularly host wellness programmes aimed at ensuring that the elderly receive basic medical testing and that they are kept informed onpreventative
primary health education.”