The City of Ekurhuleni’s Health and Social Department has noted that the utilisation of health services by men is generally low both nationally and locally.
In this regard, the City is shining the spotlight on men’s health awareness.
Head of Department (HOD) for Health and Social Services Dr Gilbert Motlatla says, “All the primary health care facilities in the City offer friendly comprehensive health services to men. The services are non-discriminative and are welcoming to all citizens.
“Our doors are open to all men, people with disability as well as the lesbians, gays, bisexuals, inter-sexual, queer, asexual (LGBTIQA+).”.
The male orientated health services offered include:
- Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision
- Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) cancer screening, HIV testing, TB screening, and glucose tests.
- Cholesterol and blood sugar tests to exclude diabetes.
- Comprehensive treatment of sexually transmitted infections and condom distribution.
The HOD further says that while health services are in place and readily available, men ought to act and tackle some of the health issues they faced such as prostate and testicular cancer, and mental health.
In creating a safe space for men to have discussions over their health issues, the City has the AIDS Council Men’s Sector where all men in Ekurhuleni are invited. There is also the Men’s Forum which is only for Ekurhuleni employees.
These are platforms for policy consultations, planning, coordination as well as implementation of the men’s sector interventions focused on addressing issues affecting men and ensuring increased access to health services.
Additional work is in place to encourage men to access primary health care services. This has seen health teams visiting hostels, work places, taxi ranks, shopping malls, informal settlements, TVETS colleges and SSASA pay points.
Residents who may need more support or to be a part of the AIDS Council Men’s Sector can contact the secretariat on 011 999 8092 /2448 /2745.