More than 100 taxi drivers, commuters and hawkers were vaccinated against Covid-19 in Dobsonville, Soweto on Monday, October 18, 2021, as part of this year’s Transportation Month program.
Open for the second year, this pop-up health activation program is a partnership between the City’s transport and health departments, which aims to promote road safety awareness and education on compliance. the Covid-19 regulation.
Taxi drivers, commuters and hawkers also had the chance to be tested for other health issues which were carried out by trained nurses and counselors. These included checking hypertension (blood pressure), cholesterol, diabetes, body mass index, and HIV / AIDS testing.
Itumeleng Chambata, president of the Dobsonville, Roodepoort, Leratong and Johannesburg Taxi Association, said the Taxi Association was grateful to the city of Johannesburg for helping them with the vaccination program, as most of the Taxi drivers are always busy on the road and don’t have time to get the shot. sites.
“They work very long hours and barely have time to get to regular medical exams,” says Chambata.
For 18-year-old Zandi Tsholo, getting the vaccine was always something she feared, but after talking to healthcare providers about the benefits, she changed her mind.
“I am very happy that I had the opportunity to make an informed decision today as I am now less likely to become seriously ill or die from complications related to Covid-19. “
The mobile health screening and promotion event continues to have a positive impact on the lives of taxi drivers and commuters, as it helps to detect a particular illness or disease early, even in the absence of signs or symptoms of this disease.
Early detection means getting the right treatment at the right time, which gives people more control over their health. In addition, complications can also be avoided through health examinations.