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    Hlongwane urges organisations to have wellness policies



    Hlongwane urges organisations to have wellness policies at their workplaces
    NKULUMANI MLAMBO
    KADOMA- The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane has urged organisations to have wellness policies at their workplaces in order for employees to stay fir for better productivity.
    "Every institution in Zimbabwe should have a wellness programme of its own. This is beneficial to both the employer and the employee as you get the most out of an alert and fit employee, the best output from health workers.
    "This will also go a long way in assisting Government and the National Aids Council (NAC) to reduce on the budget for health and channel the money to other needy areas.
    "In Cabinet all Ministers are playing golf as a policy, we are now leading from the front on health matters," said Hlongwane during the official opening of the NAC workshop for editors at Kadoma Hotel and Conference Centre.
    He added that his Ministry is advocating for health eating and resuscitation of dance clubs as they help in keeping people fit at the same time enjoying their favourite music and he urged editors to ensure they give prominence to health living stories the same way as HIV and AIDS.
     "My appeal to you is to ensure that your HIV and AIDS stories also expose the nexus between that condition and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are fast overhauling the effects posed by AIDS as one of the major killers. Today humanity is more vulnerable to cancer, kidney ailments, blood pressure, diabetes, heart diseases and many other diseases. Our people are dying in silence and stigma due to lack of knowledge. Take up your role as the torch bearer of our society, and provide education and information about prevention and treatment of NCDs.
    "Most of the diseases including some HIV and AIDS opportunistic infections as well as conditions like obesity could be easily managed by physical exercises, sport and appropriate diet," said the former broadcaster with ZBC.
    Hlongwane also paid tribute to the editors for having contributed immensely in the reduction of HIV infection rate in the country and awareness rate by disseminating information to the public.
    "The awareness we pride ourselves in and the other achievements in the fight against HIV have immensely emerged from the contribution of the media, which has framed HIV as a national agenda imperative and therefore rallying all sectors to play their role.
    "I should also note that reportage on HIV and AIDS has certainly taken a major metamorphosis from the hitherto fear-invoking accounts to narratives conveying optimism," said the youthful Minister.//Health
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