Dr. Bongi Ngema-Zuma, Founder and Patron of the BNZ Foundation together with the Minister of Sports and Recreation Ms. Thokozile Xasa, led a 3 km walk at the Favors Cathedral Church in Pretoria West on Saturday 03 November 2018 to raise awareness about the pervasive impact diabetes has in our communities.
The day kick-started with aerobics followed by the walk. Activities also included stations for screening and testing of diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and HIV/Aids, as well as pap smears and circumcisions.
Dr. Ngema-Zuma called for all who were participating to examine their standing when it comes to diabetes through the #KnowYourNumber campaign. It seeks to encourage people living with the disease and those who may not be aware of their status to constantly screen and to commit to a healthy lifestyle that involves good nutrition and exercise.
In attendance was Deputy Minister of Health Mr. Joe Phaahla and Bishop Dudu Comfort of the Favors Cathedral Church, who were also excited to be part of the event and also stressed out the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.
“Creating diabetes awareness has always been a passion of mine. I was first exposed to diabetes at a very young age, when my mother was diagnosed with it. My mother’s sisters also all had diabetes, as did my aunt on my father’s side. I’m very much genetically predisposed to develop diabetes.” says
Dr Bongi Ngema-Zuma.
More than 600 people were screened for diabetes and other diseases.
A recent study by Lancet showed that Diabetes will be South Africa’s leading killer by 2040. November is Diabetes Awareness Month and on World Diabetes Day 14 November; The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) 2018/2019 theme is “Family and Diabetes” with the key messages;
- Discover Diabetes
- Prevent Diabetes
- Manage Diabetes