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Why spreading health awareness is important

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Running a healthcare establishment is busy work; however community health awareness initiatives should not be brushed off. Healthshare can help by customising a healthy living project to fit the needs of both the clients and communities.

In order to create health awareness, it is important to understand what it entails. It is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve their health. This essentially means to reach a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. The community needs to realise a desire to satisfy needs and to adapt to the environment.

Some of the aspects Healthshare focuses on:

  • Nutritional Products

Nutritional supplements provide support to the immune system and boosts energy. Supplements replace the lack of nutritional content in a diet. Healthshare provides Nutritional Products to communities and informs them on how and why to use it.

  • Diet Clinics – Weight-loss programmes

A healthy diet and weight is essential in keeping up a healthy lifestyle. Many communities are unaware of or do not have access to a decent variety of healthy foods. Healthshare upgrades and assists diet clinics who in turn assist the community in diet and weight-loss programmes.

  • HIV/AIDS and TB Disease Management

Having HIV/AIDS and TB is not a hopeless, untreatable situation. Healthshare arranges initiatives that raise awareness around these diseases. Informing and assisting communities in the latest treatments will spread hope and positivity.

The benefits of an informed community:

Healthier eating and regular exercise increases health and productivity. There is also a decrease in absences in the workplace which in turn boosts the economy.

Water makes up a massive part in a healthy diet so access to clean water is cardinal. Awareness of hygiene and water sanitation lowers the risk of spreading diseases throughout the community drastically.

Awareness of a healthier diet and regular exercise lowers the risk of cardiovascular problems and high bloodpressure. This lessens the need for regular doctor’s appointments and medical treatments which in turn lowers a person’s financial pressure.

A healthier lifestyle and environment increases general optimism and contentment.

Healthshare’s involvement in the world-renowned Lesedi-Lechabile project, which focuses on decreasing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, was a big success. Let Healthshare organise your next health awareness initiative and observe a visible change in your community. Contact us today.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Reasons why Hospital Management is vital and how Healthshare Health Solutions can help

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There are many pitfalls within the medical industry from medications to grieving family members, staff workload management to operations. Everyone within the industry would know that without a proper management structure in place, these problems could become disastrous. Allow Healthshare Health Solutions to share a few reasons why having a proper hospital management structure in place is so important.

Reduction of errors

It would suffice to say that there is room for no mistakes when it comes to healthcare management yet the amount of errors that can occur in a simple medical facility bears not thinking about. With so many things to oversee from patients and paperwork to big operations, the task of keeping an eye on everything is extremely difficult. Having a solid hospital management structure in place could greatly reduce errors from occurring.

Achieving a good quality score

If a medical facility would like to be a preferred option, it would take great administration and management skills of all staff, nurses and doctors alike, in order to achieve a good quality score. However, managing all data, patient care, medications and so forth is no small task. A good hospital management system could support personnel and help achieve a great quality score.

Detail tracking

Imagine having to keep track of every single detail that form part of a simple patient journey in a hospital from start to finish. A hospital management system could help staff keep track of every appointment, medical emergencies, patient information, the smallest detail, while determining areas that could be improved upon.

Healthshare’s team has extensive experience in delivering services for advanced hospital management. The services include all the aspects that a hospital requires to function at its optimal level for quality healthcare. Healthshare’s service can be customized for anything from total integrated hospital management to selected aspects of the facility.

We have proven ongoing management ability with a track record illustrating major turnarounds in terms of profitability and service quality.

  1. Plan, Build and Commission Hospitals
  2. Comprehensive Service
  3. Turnaround Management
  4. Facility management services including all services, e.g. kitchen, laundry, catering, cleaning etc.
  5. Financial Management
  6. Administrative Management
  7. People Management

Contact us for more information about our services.

 

Could you be allergic to exercise?

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Exercise plays a vital role in our general well-being, however, many people don’t take too well to the idea. Exercise-induced anaphylaxis aka an allergic reaction to exercise could be that excuse every child at school has been dreaming of owning in order to get out of physical education.

What is exercise-induced anaphylaxis?

According to research in the Journal of Asthma and Allergy, there are two types of exercise-induced anaphylaxis. One occurs when physical activity results in an allergic reaction that may involve the skin, gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular system.

The other is a food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis where one would need to ingest certain triggering foods and exercise in order to trigger an allergic reaction.

What are the symptoms?

Itching

Flushing

Hives

Wheezing

Nausea

Vomiting

Diarrhoea

Low blood pressure

What exactly triggers an allergic reaction?

Researchers cannot pinpoint the exact causes of an allergic reaction to exercise however, it may be that the increase in blood flow transport allergens from the gut around the body, possibly triggering an allergic reaction.

The types of foods responsible for reactions vary but cereals, nuts, fish, cow’s milk, beef, pork, tomatoes, chicken, mushrooms and snails have been reported to contribute to Exercise-induced anaphylaxis.

As for the intensity of exercise, according to research in the Journal of Asthma and Allergy, it varies among patients. Simple activities such as jogging or quick walking are known to cause a reaction.

Could you have it?

Before you get too excited about the possibility of getting out of exercising, that nausea you’re experiencing may just be nausea. Exercise-induced anaphylaxis is very rare. According to a study of over 76 000 adolescents in Japan, the estimated prevalence of the above mentioned two allergies are as low as 0.048. A thorough medical workup is required if you suspect that you have this rare-disorder.

How is it treated?

Treatment for exercise-induced anaphylaxis is quite the same as treatment for anaphylaxis in general: avoidance of the cause of the allergic reaction and an Epi-Pen. Those who have food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis do not need to avoid exercise, however, they should not eat any foods that may cause a reaction before exercise or within one hour after exercising.

The ability to exercise and move freely is a great privilege and seeing as the sunny season is here, take advantage of the beautiful weather and go exercise with a family member or friend. Never go and look for reasons not to be physically active.

 

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Know your ABCDEs – The warning signs of Melanoma

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Have a mole that has raised some concern? New studies have revealed that existing moles are the source of less than one-third of melanomas. Majority appears on the skin as new spots.

What is melanoma?

Let’s start at the beginning. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and is often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds. Damaged skin cells trigger mutations that lead to the rapid multiplication of skin cells that consequently form malignant tumors.

You have a mole. Should you be worried?

While any existing or new skin abnormalities should be checked by a dermatologist, new research have shown that most melanomas do not originate from existing moles. Researchers have reviewed 38 published studies comprising 20 126 melanomas, and they’ve found that only around 29% arose from existing moles while the other 71% appeared on the skin as new spots.

“These results could indicate that patients who monitor their existing moles for suspicious changes could detect melanoma in its early stages, when it’s most treatable,” says study author Caterina Longo, MD, PhD, a dermatologist at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy. “Because the disease is more likely to appear as a new growth, however, it’s important for everyone to familiarize themselves with all the moles on their skin and look for not only changes to those moles, but also any new spots that may appear.” – Source 

The warning signs of Melanoma

A – Asymmetry: If you draw a line through a mole and both sides do not match, being asymmetrical, it should be seen as a warning sign for melanoma.

B – Border: If the mole is benign, it will have smooth, even borders whereas with melanomas, the borders tend to be uneven.

C– Colour: Benign moles are often a shade of brown however if you have mole in various colours, it is a clear warning sign. Melanoma often becomes red, white or blue.

D – Diameter: Benign moles are often smaller than malignant moles. Melanomas are usually bigger in diameter than the eraser at the tip of a pencil.

E – Evolving: Benign moles tend to stay the same over time however, you should be on alert when the mole starts to change in any way. Consult a doctor when the mole changes in size, shape, elevation, colour or if you experience symptoms such as bleeding, itching or crusting.

 

The most important thing is to never leave the house without sunscreen on. Be it sunshine, rain, snow or wind, you’ll thank yourself in future and spare yourself painful sunburn that may lead to more sinister outcomes.

Spring fling health and fitness tips everyone should know

Spring, Health

Hello spring, hello new beginnings! Spring doesn’t only bring longer and warmer days but symbolises change. Springtime is the opportunity for you to freshen up your lifestyle and kickstart the journey to a newer, healthier, more active you! Let us share some top tips on how you can stay healthy this spring.

Get outside: The weather will never be as nice as it is in spring so take advantage and get some exercise outside of the house! Play a game of soccer with friends or family, go for a jog or take the dog for a walk. These are all fabulous ways to get some exercise and fresh air.

Vegify your diet: Add some colour to your dishes with seasonal vegetables and fruit. Orange, red, green and heck, add a dash of purple! Spring isn’t a time for boring food. Make a fresh salad or try something you’ve never tried before.

Drink more water: As temparatures start to rise, the risk for dehydration increases. Carry a bottle of ice water where ever you go. You can always add a slice of lemon, cucumber or straberries to add some zing to your water!

Visit your doctor: Now that you’ve left the winter sniffles and flu behind, it’s not a bad idea to visit your local health practitioner for a full check-up and some tips on lifestyle changes you can make in spring. If you suffer form sinus or allergies that tend to be aggravated in spring, your health practitioner will be able to provide advice.

Protect your skin against the sun: Sunscreen, sun hat and more sunscreen! We cannot stress this enough. Invest in a bottle of sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Throw in your favourite sun hat and a pair of sunglasses and you will enter the new season in style!

Change it up: It’s a new season and time for change! See where you can make changes in your daily routine, the dishes you prepare and your exercise routines. Eat breakfast outside one morning, roll around in the grass, just have fun with it. Be bold, be creative.

Enjoy the water: What is the one activity that comes to mind in spring and summer? If you’re thinking what we are then it’s swimming, of course. Take advantage of the beautiful weather and partake in some water aerobic activities or just complete a few laps around the pool. Most gyms have a swimming pool if you can’t access one at home.

Set a new goal: Spring is the perfect time to get your summer body ready. Set up a list of your ideal health and fitness goals and get to work. Don’t give up. It’s as simple as that.

 

Don’t hold back this year. Remember, spring symbolises new beginnings and change. Don’t look back, leave winter behind you. Goodbye winter, hello spring!