Cayman will mark World Health Day
on 7 April with a number of health-promoting events this year.
The Health Services Authority is
offering free health screenings to measure blood pressure and blood sugar in
all the district health centres, George Town General Practice, Faith Hospital,
Cayman Brac and Little Cayman from Tuesday, 6 April, to Friday, 9 April from
9am to 1pm.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kiran
Kumar is encouraging the public to stay informed and take advantage of the free
health screenings, saying “Early detection of hypertension (high blood pressure)
and diabetes will enable appropriate treatment in preventing the complications
and ensuring quality life.”
No appointment is necessary and
anyone seeking testing needs to indicate to the registration clerks that they
would like to register for free blood pressure and blood glucose screening. The
results are available right away and counselling and referral will be offered
As part of the World Health Day
events in Cayman, there will be healthy cooking demonstrations at the farmers
market in Savannah on Saturday, 10 April.
The Health Services Authority,
Generali Worldwide, Fosters Food Fair and the Agricultural Society are joining
forces to demonstrate healthy recipes and cooking methods using locally grown
foods at the farmers market from 10am to 12 noon.
This year’s World Health Day
focuses on Urbanisation and Health and the World Health Organisation is calling
on countries to open up public spaces to health-promoting lifestyles.
The farmers market cooking
demonstrations will provide residents a chance to see and taste local produce
being prepared in quick and healthy ways, and support local food production at
the same time.
Residents are encouraged to visit
the farmers market on 10 April to learn more about healthy, balanced diets and
the benefits of supporting local agriculture.