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SUCCESSFUL START FOR NHF’S COMMUNITY DAY

SUCCESSFUL START FOR NHF’S COMMUNITY DAY

Plans by the National Health Fund to host Community Health Days twice per month are off to a successful start, with persons from the two communities visited in February benefiting from over 1,200 complimentary health tests for chronic conditions.

The first NHF Community Health Day for 2005 was held on February 3, 2005 at the United Full Gospel Church in Rose Heights, Montego Bay, St. James. Just over 500 tests were done free of charge including blood circulation, blood sugar, blood pressure, eye screening, ECG and blood cholesterol. Diabetics also had free foot care. At the second Community Health Day at Buff Bay in St. Mary, seven hundred and forty-three (743) tests were done for residents who attended.

Although the elderly made up the majority of the persons receiving these tests, tens of middle aged individuals also benefited. The tests are conducted by the Diabetes Association of Jamaica on behalf of the NHF.

Other activities at the Health Days include talks on the chronic illnesses covered by the NHF and information on how persons with these chronic illnesses can benefit from NHF and JADEP. Registration of individuals for these programmes is also done.

NHF Community Health Days target rural communities and the next event is scheduled for March 10, 2005 at the Jericho Baptist Church, Linstead, St. Catherine.

The NHF also plans to hold five major NHF Health Fairs and the first one will be in Ocho Rios at the St. John?s Anglican Church Hall on Milford Road this Saturday February 26, 2005. The other NHF Health Fairs will be held in Montego Bay, Savanna-La-Mar, Mandeville and Kingston.

The objectives of the NHF Community Health Days and Health Fairs are: to provide information on the NHF and the benefits which are available to assist Jamaican residents to reduce their health care prescription costs; to enroll eligible individuals for these benefits and to help persons identify and monitor their health condition so that they will be better able to manage them.

Contact: Rosemarie Lee, Public Information Officer

Tel 906-1106

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