The Physical Dimensions Of Health

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In a community there are various different aspects that can have an effect on one’s health status, such as the physical, mental, social, sexual, spiritual and emotional dimensions. I will be focusing on the physical Dimension of Health, which is defined as the feeling of well-being in one’s body and the absence of discomfort and pain and the ability to utilize motor and sensory functions optimally in order to perform one’s daily activities of living (Sanders, et al., 2014:41). More specifically, I will be concentrating on a health issue that has had an underlining effect within my community, the epidemic of Swine Flu.

The Background of My Community
In Cape Town we have a very rich culture and heritage, starting as early as the Khoisan era and leading up to the liberated society that we are today. South Africa has progressed through many different trials and tribulations throughout the years, conquering numerous noteworthy feats such as slavery and the Apartheid struggle (Bray, 2008). “South Africa is democratic developing country where everybody has the right to vote so that their voices may be heard” (Smith, 1999).
Apartheid has had a negative, long-term effect on the over-all health of all the people residing in Cape Town. This has therefore greatly inhibited the quality of education, employment, economic status and financial longevity (Bray, 2008). Apartheid has had a ripple-effect on all South Africans that is still evident in today’s society, emphasized by the high unemployment rates, prevalent inequality and discrimination, elevated crime and increase in mass poverty.
The general quality of health, predominantly in Cape Town, is regarded by the Department of Health as considerably above standard (Qukula, 2013). Most of the...

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...ivate schools that have been established within the past few years such as Sunningdale Primary School (Sunningdale Primary School, 2012). Many of the current schools already established are constantly expanding and growing to accommodate for more students such as CBC St. John’s, who have recently expanded their school across the road to have access to more classrooms (CBC, 2014).
Economic Conditions
The economic conditions of levels of income in Cape Town are seen as mostly lower upper class. Cape Town is known to be South Africa’s second-richest city preceding Johannesburg. Most of Cape Town’s economic activity is steered by small, medium and micro enterprises (City of Cape Town, 2014). Other economic drivers include; finance, insurance, real estate and business services and business services; manufacturing; wholesale and retail trade, catering and accommodation.
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