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RECORD NUMBER OF HEALTH SCREENINGS (TESTS) DONE AT NHF OCHO RIOS HEALTH FAIR

RECORD NUMBER OF HEALTH SCREENINGS (TESTS) DONE AT NHF OCHO RIOS HEALTH FAIR

Over one thousand three hundred health screenings were conducted at the first National Health Fund (NHF) Health Fair for 2005 which was held in Ocho Rios at the St. John?s Anglican Church Hall on Milford Road on Saturday February 26. This nearly triples the number of tests which were done at the first ever NHF Health Fair which was held in Montego Bay in April of last year.

The provision of tests free of charge to those wishing to check for various chronic conditions has been a popular feature of the NHF Health Fairs. The health checks provided are for blood circulation, blood sugar, blood pressure, electrocardiogram (ECG), eye problems and blood cholesterol levels. Free foot care service for diabetics is also provided.

The health checks are conducted by the Diabetes Association of Jamaica, the Heart Foundation and Blue Cross of Jamaica. The partnership of the NHF and these organizations has made it possible for an individual to do several different health checks at the same venue. In addition more than one site is set up for some tests, there-by facilitating a greater number of persons during the day. The NHF intends to add free tests for pap smears and mammograms to be offered by the Jamaica Cancer Society at upcoming health fairs.

Mr. Owen Bernard of the Diabetes Association of Jamaica (DAJ) and a podiatrist says through the NHF Health Fairs hundreds of diabetics have had their feet attended to by a professional or foot care assistant. ?The health fairs have also given us a better understanding of the great need for more foot care services for diabetics across the island. On Saturday I saw sixty-five persons and 80% of them needed follow-up care in order to prevent amputations later on,? he says. In addition he says the service is highly appreciated, especially by the elderly. Seven persons also discovered for the first time at the Health Fair on Saturday that they had diabetes and Mr. Bernard says for the DAJ this was important as in identifying new cases of diabetes treatment can begin early.

Among the other activities for the day were talks on Diabetes, Hypertension, Healthy Eating, Reflexology, Taking Care of Your Mental Health and information on how persons can benefit from NHF Individual Benefits including JADEP. Several companies were also on hand to introduce their products for healthy living.

The other NHF Health Fairs for 2005 will be held in Montego Bay, Savanna-La-Mar, Mandeville and Kingston.

Contact: Rosemarie Lee, Public Information Officer

Tel: 906-1106

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