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May 20 2013 3:55PM
 
Women live longer in Gauteng – Stats SA
Longevity: Stats SA research has revealed that women in Gauteng live longer than their male counterparts. Picture: Gallo Images
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Rudolph Nkgadima

Women in Gauteng are expected to live longer than their male counterparts.

According to Statistics South Africa, the life expectancy for women from 2011 to 2016 is expected to be 63 years and for men 61 years.

The mid-year population estimates for 2013 were released by Stats SA during the Gauteng executive council (Exco) meeting and were greatly welcomed by Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

“Efforts by the provincial government encouraging healthy lifestyle are beginning to pay off. The department of health has embarked on a number of initiatives to ensure that Gauteng residents received improved healthcare services,” Mokonyane said.

Gauteng province is in second place at the provincial average life expectancy at birth.

Life expectancy for South Africans also increased by almost a year from the previous reporting period to 59.6 years. Life expectancy at birth for 2013 is estimated at 57 years for males and 61 years for females.

“The department has also been strengthening Primary Health Care (PHC) services in line with the national strategy to re-engineer PHC services to prepare for the introduction of the National Health Insurance,” Mokonyane said.

“The demand for these services is enormous. We have more than 20 million visits a year to our PHCs.”

The Gauteng department of health has had a number of initiatives to promote healthy lifestyle. These initiatives are also critical in addressing communicable and non-communicable diseases; tackling the risk factors associated with obesity, unhealthy dieting and physical inactivity.

Mokonyane and her executive urged all Gauteng residents to look after their health by exercising and going for regular check-ups and health screenings.

Early this month Joburg mayor, Parks Tau launched the lifestyle campaign under the theme “We are all players” with the aim of tackling risk factors associated with obesity, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity.

rudolphn@thenewage.co.za

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