The idea behind Pharmacy Week was to enforce the importance of a healthy lifestyle with medication and help patients understand their conditions and symptoms in order to raise the level of compliance.
“Good health can be achieved when people are encouraged to follow a healthy lifestyle, and people living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and HIV&AIDS are supported. Because with the right treatment, these conditions can be controlled,’ said Sisi Sithole, a pharmacist at Imbalenhle.
Health care staff gave health talks, and during the sessions patients were tested on how much they knew about their medication. Those who answered correctly received gifts, including fruit hampers, vegetable hampers, hand towels, sanitizers, pens and guides for heath eating.
Story by Thandiwe Zamisa, an OurHealth journalist reporting from the Mgungundlovu health district in KwaZulu Natal.