The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) celebrated its annual Health Wellness Day at the Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks in Harare with physical health being central on the agenda.

The annual Health Wellness Day saw members of the security services and civilians were being conscientised on the need to preserve physical health and fitness.

Guest of honour at the event, Brigade General Inspectorate Brigadier General Ernest Shamhu told ZBC News that the wellness day celebrations are an annual event where members of the ZNA are enlightened on various health hazards and taught on how best they can mitigate against them in their field of work.

“As ZNA we believe that prevention is better than cure. We have troops of all levels who have come to listen to suppliers and service providers who deal with healthy particularly to get education on healthy food stuffs what sort of healthy food stuffs, what sort of activities to participate in and also to make sure that they report to health facilities for purposes of early detection of health conditions,” said Brigadier Shamhu.

The message was reiterated by Harare district commander, Colonel Charles Mhaka who said the event is of great importance to service men as it always keeps them on their feet in as far as health matters are concerned.

“It is an important day in that it teaches us as soldiers to know our status in terms of different types of diseases as you are aware that a soldier who is fit is just as good as someone who is ready to go and undertake his task,” he said.

Speaking at the same event, senior medical officer with the ZNA, Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Katsande said while HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases have been grabbing headlines, the less-talked about non-communicable diseases are quietly claiming many lives.

The celebration was attended by several health service providers who include the National Aids Council, Diabetes Association, Cads Nutrition, Hospital Food Services Supervisors, PSMAS and Cancer Association, among others.