South African National Defence Force to celebrate World Aids Day

Members of the South African National Defence Force. Photo : The Herald

Pretoria, South Africa (ADV) – In celebrating the World AIDS Day 2018, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will host an awareness campaign aimed at educating, and availing an opportunity for the public to learn more about this pandemic.

Set for Friday and commemorated under the theme “Know Your Status”, this landmark event will take place at Pretoria Military Sport Club, Thaba Tshwane and is part of the SANDF initiative to rally behind government’s efforts in curbing this pandemic.

The initiative dates back from 1 December 1988 whereby it was declared as an international day dedicated to raise awareness of this Aids pandemic.

The SANDF’s medical wing, the South African Military Health Services (SAMHS), being the custodian of healthcare in the Department of Defence is tasked to host and facilitate this commemoration.

According to the SANDF the day will start off with formal speeches followed by a series of events including different sporting activities like a 5km walk and a variety of sporting activities.

The SANDF’s Surgeon General Lieutenant General (Dr) Aubrey Sedibe together with the SAMHS Honorary Colonel, Dr Victor Ramathesele will deliver a keynote address and a message of support.

The SAMHS health care professionals which include doctors, nurses, oral health, social workers, psychologists, bio kinetics and dieticians amongst others will oversee programmes like voluntary HIV/AIDS Counselling and Testing (HCT), Blood pressures screening, blood sugar levels and other health concerns and Oral Health education.

© Bur-csa – N.A / From our regional correspondent Mkhululi Chimoio – African Daily Voice (ADV) – Follow us on Twitter : @ADVinfo_eng