Monday, June 16, 2008

June 16 - Health (YOUTH DAY)

Today as we commemorate youth day, we focused on youth health. My guests who were part of today’s show, includes Xolani Tshandu – From Planned Parenthood South Africa. We explored various aspects about youth health like sex and sexuality issues, disability amongst youth, the availability and accessibility of youth friendly services and lastly, the Promotion of healthy lifestyle to reduce risky behaviour amongst young people. For more information contact their offices on (021) 365 0880 or go to for listing of youth friendly service centers. That interview was proudly brought to you by the National department of health and funded by the European Union.

We were also joined Instudio by Ilhaam Hoosain – a young trainee journalist who is diabetic. She says that when she was first diagnosed with diabetes she was in denial and didn’t really follow the doctor’s orders about living a healthy lifestyle. Ilhaam is now 21 –years – old and is fully responsible for the everyday management of her diabetes. She shared with us whether she has had any opportunity to meet socially with other young people to discuss diabetes and to develop their own support structures. If you young and diabetic make sure you gather all the information that is available on diabetes. Remember, to be diagnosed with diabetes is not the end of the world, you will get used to living life with diabetes. Try and get as much information as you can. For more information contact Diabetes South Africa on (011) 886 3721 /3765 alternatively visit

We closed off the show with an interview with Prof A Okreglicki – an electrophysiologist or a heart specialist. We were talking about Cardiac Rhythm Disorders in young people as we are commemorating youth day. It is said that Heart rhythm Disorders are often misunderstood and under - diagnosed. According to the Professor screening is the most important way of preventing arrhythmic cardiac events. Screening involves having your ECG taken. Professor explained more about the symptoms and the available treatment. For more information you can visit your nearest hospital or if you have access to the internet then go to


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The South African Constitution guarantees to everyone the right of access to health care services, however despite the fact that the government has taken important initiatives in the health sector many South Africans still do not enjoy affordable and adequate access to health care facilities. The health sector provides many urgent challenges to government and civil society. On the Health segment of SAKHISIZWE Bush Radio is rising to the challenge and creating awareness around (to mention a few of our program coverage), HIV/Aids, Immunisation, Acute Childhood illnesses, Cervical Cancer and other poverty related diseases like tuberculosis and cholera.


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