Apr 29, 2018 News
Residents of Crane on the West Coast of Demerara were yesterday the beneficiaries of a medical outreach programme compliments of the Region Three Health and Wellness Club.
This is the second consecutive year that the Club has collaborated with the Crane Assemblies of God Church to host such an outreach. Supporting the venture were the Ministry of Public Health and the West Demerara Regional Hospital.
According to Chairperson of the Club, Ms. Donette Castello, the Club is one that was established to offer additional health support to the residents in the community.
She said that it is a norm that outreaches facilitate a number of basic services including Body Mass Index, blood pressure and sugar tests, nutrition advice and blood donation. Yesterday the outreach also included Visual Inspection with Ascetic Acid tests and human immunodeficiency virus tests. “We work mainly in Region Three areas and our mandate is to get people aware of their health; they must be health conscious and so we aim to give them advice on how to monitor their health and their weight,” said Castello.
It is for this reason she said that the Club is always willing to collaborate with community organisations such as churches to achieve its awareness goals.
According to member of the Crane Assemblies Church, James Goodman, “We have been looking into the interest of our members and our community…how they eat and how they take care of their health.”
It was for this reason, he noted that moves were made to reach out to the Club. He revealed that since partnering with the Club last year a number of church members have improve their thinking about their health.
Such outreaches, according to one of the doctors who attended to patients yesterday, are held in order to target communities with a high rate of worrying health issues. According to the doctor several outreaches in the region, including the one at Crane, were streamlined in recognition of the several cases of chronic non communicable diseases detected.
He added that some communities are also faced with high rates of suicide and drug addiction too. The outreaches are also geared at targeting persons with other health conditions including some level of vision loss.
“These problems are not only seen in Region Three but across the country too…We are seeing these conditions in a number of regions,” the doctor asserted.
According to the doctor, the outreaches are intended to provide patients, as far as possible with the assistance to address their varying conditions such as counselling and medications. However, sustained treatment and assistance can be accessed at the West Demerara Regional Hospital.
In addition, the doctor revealed, “We have NGOs that are willing to support either financially or even buy drugs themselves and donate them to be utilised during such outreaches.”
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