Truck driver wellness drive heads for EC

30 October 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201916976

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Truck driver wellness drive heads for EC

IN celebration of National Transport month, Engen officially recently kicked-off its annual driver wellness programme at the Engen Gateway Truckstop in Musina.

The programme aims to improve occupational health and wellness among long-distance truck drivers by providing free health screening, advice on healthy lifestyle choices and consultations where necessary.

Running for its eighth-year, the 2019 Engen Driver Wellness will reach 18 sites in four provinces in October and November, concluding on 6 November in the Eastern Cape.

All truck drivers passing through Gauteng, Free State and the Eastern and Western Cape are invited to visit participating Engen 1-Stops and Truck Stops for free voluntary health screenings. Drivers also receive free meals, caps and water bottles after each assessment.

In partnership with Thubelihle Occupational Health & Wellness (TOCH), mobile clinics have been set up at selected Engen Truck Stops and retail service stations. These will offer free screenings conducted by qualified nurses and councillors, including blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, BMI (Body Mass Index) and HIV/AIDS tests.

Brochures are available at mobile clinics to further educate truck drivers as well as Engen petrol attendants and forecourt cashiers about these chronic illnesses. Referral letters are issued where needed to ensure follow up by clinics, hospitals or medical practitioners.

Unathi Magida, Engen’s head of Transformation and Stakeholder Engagement said the primary aim of the programme was to improve health through awareness and make roads safer.

“Given the long hours many truck drivers spend on the road and the stresses associated with the job, these interventions form a critical pillar of support. It is therefore essential to remind drivers and Engen forecourt staff why their health is so important and how lifestyle choices impact on their well-being. Ultimately, voluntary testing will improve their health, safety, well-being and productivity.”

He said a clear indication that Engen Driver Wellness is making a difference is the marked increase in the number of individuals using the services. In 2017 and 2018, approximately 4 750 truck drivers took advantage of the voluntary health screenings.

“As testing is voluntary, the incremental acceptance of health management as a path to longevity and wellbeing are important indicators that Engen’s health empowerment is gaining traction,” Magida said.

Engen will be at the following venues in the Eastern Cape:

DATE

TRUCK STOP

VENUE

TIME

Fri -01 Nov

Engen Progress Service Station

35 Thompson Avenue, Bizana

07H00-15H00

Mon - 04-Nov

Engen Gone South Engen Truck stop

No 1 Old Grahamstown Road, Swartkops

07H00-12H00

Mon - 04 -Nov

Engen Cape Road Convenience Centre

314 Cape Road, Newton Park, P/Elizabeth

13H00-17H00

Tue - 05 - Nov

Engen Penford Motors

18-20 Graaf Reinet Rd, Uitenhage

07H00-11H00

Tue - 05 - Nov

Engen Millennium Convenience centre

R75 Uitenhage Rd, Algoa Park, P/Elizabeth

13H00-17H00

Wed  - 06 - Nov

Engen Airport Motors

9 Breezyvale Rd, Orange Groove

07H00-13H00


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