Screening tests

Lions Club members Johanna Williams, Marian Skippers, teacher, Fatima Valley-Hendricks, Rachel Nortjie and co-ordinator of the districts diabetes awareness project, Beryl Simpson.

Western Cape Lions Club screened 465 pupils and staff for diabetes at Portland High School and Mitchell’s Plain School of Skills in Rocklands on Thursday January 30 and Friday January 31. The tests they conducted were for type 1 and type 2 diabetes and also informed those present of what diabetes is and how to recognise its symptoms. Conducting the screening were Beryl Simpson, the co-ordinator of the district’s diabetes awareness project and members of various Lions clubs, including Mitchell’s Plain, Brackenfell, Gordon’s Bay, as well as retired professional nurses. “We are trying to prevent diabetes the best way we can by creating awareness. We encourage them to increase their fitness, exercise, and live a healthy life,” said Ms Sampson. To arrange screening, schools can contact Beryl Sampson on 083 768 9684.