CoCT urges men to go for regular health checks

International Men’s Day is celebrated on Saturday and this day celebrates positive male role models and the loving strength that men bring to their families and communities.

This year theme is “Helping Men and Boys”. The day forms part of 48 hours of celebration as Sunday marks International Children’s day, and the bond men and children, share with each other.

According to statistics from the City of Cape Town, for the past three years, men account for 27% of the overall headcount at primary healthcare facilities, 33% of patients receiving treatment for Diabetes, 32% of patients receiving treatment for Hypertension

Mayco Member for Community Services and Health, Patricia Van der Ross, encouraged men to go for regular health checks

‘’Historically, men are less likely to seek medical care, unless it is an emergency. However, given the many health risks we face, in particular risks associated with chronic lifestyle diseases, one would have hoped for more parity by now. I want to encourage men to break the mould and step into our clinics, or consult private healthcare practitioners if they have access, so that they are able to keep tabs on their health, even if just an annual or bi-annual check up.’’

Van Der Ross said the department has noticed a marginal increase in the number of men who are presenting for HIV testing, from 20% pre-Covid, to 25% this year and that men also account for nearly 60% of clients testing for STIs.

‘’These statistics are encouraging, because sexual health is also incredibly important, particularly as it affects not just the individual, but potentially their partners too. However, I want our men to start looking at their health more holistically. How well do you know your health status for hypertension, cholesterol and blood sugar? Are you more at risk of a chronic disease or cancer because of your family history? These are uncomfortable topics for many, but they’re incredibly important. Early screening, detection and treatment can save lives, so please do act now instead of waiting,’’ added Van der Ross.


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Done By: Mitchum George


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