As part of efforts to fight diabetes and other related diseases, a free health expo was conducted for residents of Bulawayo South.

The Health Expo conducted at the Bellevue Shopping Complex targeted diabetes patients and other ailments.

Organised by the Bulawayo Centenary Lions Club and bankrolled to the tune of $10 000 by the Zanu PF parliamentary candidate for Bulawayo South, Mr Raj Modi, the event brought together 33 medical practitioners who attended to the various patients.

While paying tribute to Mr Modi for sponsoring the whole project, Bulawayo Centenary Lions Club representative and project convenor, Engineer Nkulumo Mnkandla, said the venture was part of a series that had also seen other parts of the country benefitting from the same.

“I think diabetes is becoming a killer disease if you are not aware of your condition in terms of glucose levels in your body. In partnership with the Zimbabwe Diabetes Association we have found that so many children will be having diabetes not knowing. Elders will also be doing the same unknowingly so we are here to get the awareness to the people. We have a team that checks and tells people how to treat this new killer disease, diabetes,” Engineer Mnkandla said.

He added that it was the seventh programme he had taken to promote the health sector.

“It’s very important because a lot of people especially the elderly cannot afford to go to the hospital and buy the medication. We invite them here. Those who do not have transport we go and pick them. Doctors check on them then we provide them with whatever medication they require,” said Mr Modi.

Those that attended underwent blood pressure check-ups, HIV tests and counselling, and eye tests among a host of other ailments.