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healthcareThe Star writes that truck drivers spend long strenuous hours on the road to the detriment of their health, which could account for the high accident numbers they are involved in.  For this reason, the N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) has a mobile clinic at the Mooi River toll plaza.  

In about 15 minutes, truck drivers can have their cholesterol, blood pressure and eyes tested free of charge by nurses at the clinic.  From January to October, there were 501 heavy vehicle crashes on the N3, which amounted to 50.2% of all crashes and was up from 44.8% from last year.  The 501 crashes resulted in 45 deaths this year.  For drivers like Thulasizwe Maseko, the health check-ups on the side of the busy highway are important as he never has time to visit a doctor.  "I drive every day and only rest on Saturday.  There is so much pressure to get to deliver goods quickly, and that is bad for our health,” he pointed out.  One of the nurses, Innocentia Mabunda, indicated that one of the most common health issues for truck drivers was obesity, which led to conditions such as cholesterol and hypertension.  "Once tested, we teach them how to eat more healthily even though they are always on the road,” she noted.  Drivers found to have serious medical conditions were sent to the nearest clinic.

Read Tebogo Monama’s original report in this regard in full at The Star


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