Truck drivers are invited to receive free voluntary health screenings at the Kranskop 1 Stop North and South Bound on the N1 Highway, Bela Bela and the Vaal 1 Stop on the N3 Highway as part of Engen’s Driver Wellness Initiative.
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.
Running until 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 in mobile clinics. These are conducted by qualified nurses and councillors where blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, tuberculosis, BMI (Body Mass Index) and HIV/AIDS are tested.
Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, Mntu Nduvane says, “There has been a marked increase in the number of individuals using the services we provide which is a clear indication that this intervention is making a difference to the wellbeing of drivers and will ultimately lead to a healthier industry.”
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.