In celebration of Transport Month this October, Engen Petroleum is taking their annual Driver Wellness programme to Komatipoort in Mpumalanga, offering free health screenings for truck drivers at the Engen Lebombo Truck Stop.
As part of this initiative, all truck drivers are invited to receive voluntary health screenings at: Engen Lebombo Truck Stop, along the N4 Highway on October 20th from 06:00 to 8:00. Engen Driver Wellness is a mobile health awareness initiative run by Thubelihle Occupational Health & Wellness.
The initiative which has impacted positively on the country’s bulk truck driver operators has continued to increase driver participation in voluntary screenings and improved health scores over the years. Over a seven month period, running from April to the end of October, the programme will reach 21 sites in five provinces.
Operated nationwide at Engen Truck Stops and retail service stations, drivers are offered free voluntary screenings at mobile clinics. These are conducted by qualified nurses and councilors where blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, tuberculosis, BMI (Body Mass Index) and HIV/AIDS are tested.
As testing is voluntary, the incremental acceptance of health management as a path to longevity and wellbeing are important indicators that health empowerment is gaining traction. Given the long and lonely hours long haul drivers spend on the road and the stresses associated with the job, these interventions form a critical pillar of support.