Church focuses on Lupus Day

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The Mt Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Batho, under the leadership of Rev. Thabo Matsaseng, commemorated the Word Lupus Day on 10 May, while the Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) of the AME throughout the world chose the month of May to commemorate the day. Church members, clad in black with a purple ribbon, attended the service on 27 May, which was dedicated to praying for those affected by the condition. George Moadira from the Rheumatology Clinic in Universitas, was invited to educate the congregants about the condition. He highlighted that lupus is more prevalent in women between the ages of 13 to 30 years than in men, with a ratio of 9:1. In the Free State there is only one doctor who specialises in this condition, which means parents must encourage their children to study and become specialists in that field. Moadira further encouraged the congregation to live a healthy lifestyle and emphasised that a balanced diet is most important.