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Health screenings successful

Zelta Gayle

By Ron Shillingford
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The Rotary Central collaborated with the Health Services Authority for another extremely successful annual island-wide health screening event on Saturday, Mar. 4.

It was the seventh consecutive year that the screenings were staged as 80 volunteers consisting of Rotarians, doctors, nurses, student nurses, EMTs, pharmacists, laboratory technicians and volunteers gave the free tests.

They were at Foster’s Airport, Foster’s Countryside, Foster’s Republix, Foster’s Strand, A. L. Thompson’s, Hurley’s Supermarket and Cost U Less.
A total of 610 people were tested which included check of blood pressure, blood sugar level, cholesterol level and healthy weight.

All stations had access to consultation with an on-site physician. Ninety-five people found out for the first time that their blood pressure, blood sugar or cholesterol levels were high. Laboratory technicians and blood bank personnel successfully recruited 40 prospective blood donors. Another plus was the identification of possible cardiac, glandular and circulatory conditions for which the medics were not screening; thanks to an alert medical team.

Twelve people, including two overseas visitors, were referred to the emergency room after having consultation with an on-site physician.

“It is extremely fulfilling to know that these free health screening services were offered and that they were so readily accepted,” said Zelta Gayle of Rotary Central. “Even more fulfilling is that many persons are now aware of their abnormal blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. “The early detection of these conditions is a goal of Rotary Central’s health screenings, so that the risks of developing related complications can be significantly decreased.”

She added: “Unfortunately though, many persons who have been previously diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol have been non-compliant with their prescribed treatment; whether because of frustration, denial, lack of insurance or having insufficient education on their condition.”

In acknowledgement of Diabetes Awareness Month, Rotary Central will be again offering free health screening services at one of the seven screening locations in November.

“The sometimes inconvenient accommodation of this high volume event speak volume of their support of the community in which they operate,” said Gayle who thanked everyone who supported the screenings.

Diabetics and their relatives can attend the Health Services Authority’s Diabetes Clinic which offers educational services on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-5 p.m. Call 244-7503 for more information.

About Ron Shillingford

Ron is a former Cayman based sports editor. He is a best-selling author and novelist, and has worked as a sub-editor on some of the U.K.’s leading national newspapers. He is a certified tutor in English, writing assignments for various publications and websites and ghostwriting memoirs for the London-based publishers Story Terrace. A veteran journalist of more than 30 years standing, Ron’s area of expertise includes sports, human interest and local news reporting.

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