May 01, 2015 News
Several persons including children received health checks even as they were
enlightened about the importance of healthy foods and supplements when the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) hosted a health fair yesterday.
The fair, which was held at Base Camp Ayanganna, Thomas Lands, Georgetown, was held in collaboration with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and saw the involvement of a number of organisations. The fair was designed to raise awareness about trending health issues.
Help and Shelter, the National Blood Bank, Fitness Express and Meditron Inc. were just a few of the health stakeholders involved in the event which is one of the many such activities planned to commemorate the GDF’s 50th anniversary.
This health fair, which is an annual initiative, was introduced in 2007. This year marks the fourth year it is being hosted with a primary aim of targeting the general public, but with a
specific focus on the younger population.
“We are not only about drills and military stuff, we also place heavy emphasis on health, and encourage our ranks to always have and live a healthy lifestyle, and as such we want the general public to do the same,” were the remarks made by Beverly Gomes-Lovell, Programme Coordinator of the Guyana Defence Force HIV/AIDS Prevention Programme.
While yesterday’s fair focused on health, another high point was the presence of the artistes who were set to perform at the GDF’s anniversary concert last night.
Numerous students from various schools around Guyana were delighted to see the “conscientious vibes” artistes such as Taurus Riley, Tanya Stephens, Natural Black and Timeka Marshall mingling with them at the event. “We all are human beings…we all have to deal with health issues and it’s a good initiative to have this free event so persons can come out, get checked and be able to take better care of themselves,” said Marshall.
Natural Black also noted, “I definitely believe that young people are more aware of the seriousness of the times…for this particular event I like the turn out and the encouragement from the older generation to the younger folks and I believe in the future this can be even more successful than it already is.”
As the artistes shared their views, loud screams and applauses came from the sizeable crowd gathered for the opening ceremony of health fair. Many companies such as the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA), Guyana Rainforest Herbs, Topbrandz Distribution Services etc., were also present.
Several booths were set up for the fair, giving patrons opportunities to have various health checks and also to be informed about health, wellness and social issues.
“We are here to display some of the services offered at the GRPA for the general public such as contraceptives and safe family planning etc…we also endorse the fight against domestic violence against women”, said Chelsea France, representative of GRPA.
“By collaborating with these various companies I believe that it made this fair a success because persons did not only get health checks but they also got to learn about healthy foods and supplements,” said Major Eon Carter, Coordinator of the event.
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