Author: Herman Pieters

Wrap-up of today’s Environmental Health Day talks by the Executive Manager of Community Services, Clive Africa

Wrap-up of today’s Environmental Health Day talks by the Executive Manager of Community Services, Clive Africa

“Section 24 of the Constitution of South Africa reads that everyone has a right to a safe and healthy environment. At the Garden Route District Municipality, we, the administration and our political elected officials, are very serious about protecting the rights of our citizens. Municipal Health Services in the district are performed by our 40 Environmental Health Practitioners, previously known as Health Inspectors. These officials do regular health and hygiene inspections at schools, crรฉches, shops, butcheries, barber shops, hospitals and many other facilities.”

“I think you would agree with me that we live in one of the most beautiful places in our country and we have a collective responsibility to preserve our heritage – especially for future generations to come. But, we are noting that the issue of illegal dumping is becoming a huge problem within our communities. Illegal dumpsites are places where diseases easily spread and where rats and other vectors breed. These places are causing our people and in particular, children, to get sick. We have seen this, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic and many families have lost loved ones because of this illness.”

“We, therefore, urge the people of the district to eliminate illegal dumping within the next 5 years. Now, this is achievable – if everyone works together, we can do it!”

“We ask you to report any incidents of illegal dumping at your local municipal offices. The motto of municipal health is “prevention is better than cure”. We will continue to urge the public to still apply good hygiene practices by continuing to wash hands and sanitise regularly.”

“Health education remains one of our most critical functions and we will keep on informing the public on any health-related issue because what you don’t know can possibly harm you or kill you,” – Clive Africa, Executive Manager: Community Services, Garden Route District Municipality.

 

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An Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP) explains our role in the Disposal of the Dead

An Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP) explains our role in the Disposal of the Dead

“Disposal of the dead is one of the nine key municipal health functions performed by EHP. It is governed by the Regulations relating to the Management of Human Remains, Regulation number 363 of 22 May 2013, promulgated under the National Health Act 61 of 2003.

For EHPs, the disposal of the dead involves the monitoring of funeral undertakers, mortuaries, crematoriums and cemeteries for compliance and also the management, control and monitoring of exhumation, rebuttal and disposal of human remains.

Currently, as it stands, ESKOM has continued to implement load-shedding for weeks. It is for this reason that Environmental Health Practitioners urge all funeral undertakers, crematoria and mortuaries to have a backup plan (like generators during load-shedding). Fridges need to keep running during power outages to prevent bodies from decomposing. The decomposed bodies do not only compromise the dignity of the deceased but also pose health threats for those exposed,” – Khanyisa Shoto, Environmental Health Practitioner, Garden Route District Municipality.

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Prevention and surveillance of Communicable Diseases by Environmental Health Practitioners

Prevention and surveillance of Communicable Diseases by Environmental Health Practitioners

“Communicable diseases are diseases that can be spread from one person to another through a variety of ways. These include contact with blood, and body fluids, breathing air-borne viruses or being bitten by certain insects, amongst others. Communicable diseases include hundreds of viral or bacterial infections, of which some most prevalent include Covid-19, TB, Hepatitis-B and others. You can prevent the spread of communicable diseases by keeping a social distance between yourself and others. Also, avoid contact with contaminated surfaces. Last, and a very important point – always keep your hands clean – wash your hands regularly,” – Sive Mkuta, Environmental Health Practitioner, Garden Route District Municipality.

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Illegal dumping and its impacts on the health and environment (and our water)

Illegal dumping and its impacts on the health and environment (and our water)

“Illegal dumping is one of the biggest challenges we face as environmental health petitioners on a daily basis. The reason for this is that illegal dump sites causes the spread of bacteria, diseases, causes rodent infestations, causes water, soil, and air pollution and it also blocks our water network systems. Our plea with you today is to help us protect the health of the community, to help us protect your health. Please report any illegal damping to your local municipalities. And please dispose of your waste in an approved manner. Let’s be the changes in our communities and let’s curb illegal dumping together.” Jessica Erasmus, Environmental Health Practitioner, Garden Route District Municipality.

To report illegal dumping in your area, contact:
๐—›๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ ๐— ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†: Call 028 713 8020 or e-mail info@hessequa.gov.za
๐— ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—•๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐— ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†: Call 044 606 5143 or 044 606 500 or 44802 (SMS) or e-mail admin@mosselbay.gov.za
๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐— ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†: Call 044 801 6350 or e-mail sprins@george.gov.za
๐—ž๐—ป๐˜†๐˜€๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐— ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†: Call 044 302 6405 / 081 556 3974 (Wโ€™App) or e-mail rloxton@knysna.gov.za
๐—•๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐— ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†: Call 044 501 3174/5 or e-mail customercare@bitou.gov.za
๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ข๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐˜๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐— ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†: Call 044 203 3900 or 044 203 7800/1
๐—ž๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐— ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†: Call 078 409 9064

Read more about Environmental Health Practitioners here: http://www.gardenroute.gov.za/municipal-health-services/

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A snapshot of Vector Control – a function of Environmental Health Practitioners

A snapshot of Vector Control – a function of Environmental Health Practitioners

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“Today I am going to be speaking about one of the nine (9) functional areas of Municipal Health Services, which is Vector Controlling. Some interesting statistics – according to research, vector-borne diseases account for approximately 17% of the estimated global burden of infectious diseases. Now, what are these vectors? Vectors include insects or animals that spread an infectious disease through a bite or contact with urine, faeces, blood or other body excretions or fluids. Vectors include mosquitoes, flies, ticks, rodents, cockroaches or fleas. Diseases spread by vectors include malaria, Dengue fever, Zika virus, Yellow fever, Rift Valley fever and plague. The role of an Environmental Health Practitioner in vector controlling is to; one, understand the vector, and how it transmits infectious pathogens; two – to monitor the possible existence of environmental factors that can create a conducive environment for vectors; three – to conduct case investigations of vectors; lastly – health education on preventative measures. Preventative measures for pest control include proper waste management, good housekeeping, and elimination or removal of conducive environments that will lead to the breeding of pests. It is of utmost importance for businesses to have a pest control programme in place.

The effective execution of pest control programmes must be regularly monitored. Therefore, EHPs appeal to the public to report any nuisance caused by vectors to the Municipal Health Section of Garden Route District Municipality on 044 803 1300,” – Lusizo Kwetshube, Environmental Health Practitioner, Garden Route District Municipality.

Regional contact numbers of EHP Chiefs:

๐—›๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€ – Cell: +27(0)83 678 6545
๐— ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—•๐—ฎ๐˜†: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ฒ – Cell: +27(0)83 630 6108
๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ข๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ: ๐— ๐˜€. ๐—˜๐—บ๐—บ๐˜† ๐——๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€ – Cell: +27(0)78 457 2824
๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต – Cell: +27(0)83 644 8858
๐—ž๐—ป๐˜†๐˜€๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐—๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ฐ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต๐˜† – Cell: +27(0)82 805 9417
๐—•๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐—š๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ฒ ๐—ฉ๐—ผ๐˜€ – Cell: +27(0)83 557 1522
๐—ž๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ž๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ผ: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜€๐—ฒ – Cell: +27(0)83 678 6530

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The importance of washing hands

The importance of WASHING HANDS – education continuously rolled out by Environmental Health Practitioners

“Hand washing with soap and water is an effective way to prevent diseases. It can prevent about 30% of diarrhoea-related sicknesses and about 20% of respiratory infections. We can protect ourselves and those around us from getting sick by washing our hands every time after sneezing, coughing, before preparing food and after using toilet facilities,” – Carike Jantjies, GRDM Environmental Health Practitioner, Garden Route District Municipality.

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A snapshot of Food Control done by Environmental Health Practitioners

A snapshot of Food Control done by Environmental Health Practitioners

Remember, today is World Environmental Health Day. Please also share this post!

“One of our key performance areas as Environmental Health Practitioners is food control. Food control includes: ensuring food safety in respect of microbiological and chemical standards. The quality of food for human consumption and hygiene control throughout the food supply chain from the point of production up until the point of consumption. Food control includes monitoring informal food traders and all food premises.

EHPs inspect production, distribution, and consumption areas. EHPs also promote safe transportation, handling, storage, and preparation of foodstuffs. Enforcing legislation such as R638. This regulation emphasizes all the standard requirements for food premises and the transport of food. Complying with related regulations and legislation prevents any food contamination and foodborne diseases,” Yonwaba Sifo, Environmental Health Practitioner, Garden Route District Municipality.

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A snapshot of sampling done by Environmental Health Practitioners

A snapshot of sampling done by Environmental Health Practitioners

Remember – today, 26 September 2022, is World Environmental Health Day

“Today I am going to speak ‘all things sampling’, but very very briefly. I think the question on the table is why do we take samples, to begin with?; where exactly do we take the samples?; and where do we take them at the end of the day? We take samples on a monthly basis without fail to determine whether or not the food or water is fit for use. So, we go out on a monthly basis to different sampling points to clinics, hospitals, crรฉches, and informal settlements, to name a few. We do this to try and determine whether or not the food or the water we take samples of, are fit for human consumption. Not only that, we go out to rivers, beaches and even wastewater plants to take water samples. Even after that, we take it to an accredited lab for analysis. This is just one of nine (9) key performance areas EHPs have to perform on a daily basis.” Ivy Mamegwa, Environmental Health Practitioner, Garden Route District Municipality.

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Theme for World Environmental Health Day

Remember, today is World Environmental Health Day.

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“Today the 26th of September 2022 is World Environmental Health Day. The theme for this day is strengthening environmental health systems for the implementation of the sustainable development goals. The International Federation of environmental health has given us a lovely background for this day. The Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the global goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity now and in the future. The 17 sustainable development goals are integrated. They recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others and that development must balance social, economic, and environmental sustainability all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. Environmental health plays a pivotal role in the implementation of these sustainable development goals” – Jessica Erasmus, Environmental Health Practitioner, Garden Route District Municipality.

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What is Environmental Health?

Today, 26 September 2022 is World Environmental Health Day

“National Government also says: “Environmental Health Day addresses all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related factors impacting behaviours. It encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health. It is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments. Environmental Health encompasses those aspects of human health including the quality of life, that are determined by physical, chemical, biological, social and psychological factors in the environment. It also refers to the theory and practice of assessing, correcting, controlling, minimising and preventing those factors in the environment can potentially affect adversely the health of present and future generations.”

Our 9 KPA’s are:

  • Water quality monitoring
  • Food control
  • Waste management
  • Health surveillance of premises
  • Surveillance and prevention of communicable diseases
  • Vector control
  • Environmental pollution control
  • Disposal of the dead
  • Chemical safety

Throughout the day we will take you on a journey where we will explain some of our roles and functions,” Johan Compion, Manager: Municipal Health and Environmental Services, Garden Route District Municipality.

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Main EHP contact persons per area:
๐—›๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€
Cell: +27(0)83 678 6545

๐— ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—•๐—ฎ๐˜†: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ฒ
Cell: +27(0)83 630 6108

๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ข๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ: ๐— ๐˜€. ๐—˜๐—บ๐—บ๐˜† ๐——๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€
Cell: +27(0)78 457 2824

๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต
Cell: +27(0)83 644 8858

๐—ž๐—ป๐˜†๐˜€๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐—๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ฐ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต๐˜†
Cell: +27(0)82 805 9417

๐—•๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐—š๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ฒ ๐—ฉ๐—ผ๐˜€
Cell: +27(0)83 557 1522

๐—ž๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ž๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ผ: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜€๐—ฒ
Cell: +27(0)83 678 6530

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