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School health programme to benefit NC pupils

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A health team, consisting of a health coach, professional nurse, optometrist and dental therapist, will conduct vision and hearing tests, oral health screening, nutritional status assessments and health education services.

Mobile school health programme to benefit Sol Plaatje learners. Picture: https://matlaabokonesolar.co.za/

MATLA a Bokone Solar’s school health programme, which was launched in partnership with the Mobile Health Clinics Foundation, will offer Covid-19 hygiene awareness and integrated school health screenings for 4,129 pupils at 11 primary and high schools in the Sol Plaatje municipal area.

Matla a Bokone chief community operations officer, Nomzamo Landingwe, said funds were donated towards this initiative as part of its solar project’s socio-economic development programme.

A health team, consisting of a health coach, professional nurse, optometrist and dental therapist, will conduct vision and hearing tests, oral health screening, nutritional status assessments and health education services.

Landingwe said that local school pupils with poor eyesight or who are hard of hearing will be provided with corrective eyewear and assistive hearing devices through the provincial Department of Health.

The Department of Health has also provided Covid-19 training to eight youths between the ages of 19 to 25 years old to assist with the Covid-19 screening programme.

All participants come from the Sol Plaatje municipal area and have been employed in consultation with the participating schools.