Debbie Schafer, MPP and Theuns Botha, MPP
Western Cape Minister of Health and Western Cape Minister of Education
This month the Wellness Mobiles for School Health started the screening of Grade R and Grade 1 learners in the Metro.
The roll-out follows the official launch last year of a fleet of five state-of-the-art mobile units visiting schools across the Province, particularly schools in poor areas that require medical and dental intervention.
The Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer, and Minister of Health, Theuns Botha, will do an on-site visit to ensure the screenings are running smoothly.
The Wellness Mobiles for School Health is a first-in-the country, in partnership with the private sector. The Western Cape is the only province rolling out a project to screen learners to this extent.
Each Wellness Mobiles for School Health includes:
- a consultation room where general health screening can be performed. This includes a physical assessment, assessment of gross motor skills, height and weight, ear, nose and throat examination, screening for TB symptoms and other psycho-social issues.
- a dental unit section for screening for oral health and rendering of dental and oral hygiene services;
- an optometry unit, for the testing of eyesight with a view to providing the same learner with spectacles if needed.