"The number of people tested was considerably lower than last year," says Project Manager, Mzi Tshitsha. "We are not sure why that was the case but it could be people were afraid to be tested and know their status."
510 show visitors were screened for a variety of conditions including, sugar-diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity levels, HIV and TB.
"The good news is, this year only five people, three males and two females, were found to be HIV-positive," says Mzi."From a percentage point-of-view this is much better than last year and we believe people in the area may be altering their behaviours.
"In one case we tested a woman whose blood pressure was so high that her life was in immediate danger and we immediately summoned the medical facilities present on the grounds to come and treat her. I think we may have saved her life," he says.
"We have ordered a number of sophisticated machines to test cholesterol and at next year's Randfontein Show will be offering that as an additional service."