Free health screenings

The Health Services Authority is offering free health screenings throughout the Cayman Islands on Thursday, 7 April.

Medical staff will check blood pressure and blood sugar of anyone who wants to avail of the free service at all District Health Centres, George Town General Practice, Faith Hospital, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

The screenings, which are being held in observation of World Health Day, will be carried out between 9am and 1pm.

Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Anna Matthews encouraged members of the public to stay informed and take advantage of the free health screenings.

“Early detection of hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes will enable appropriate treatment in preventing the complications and ensuring quality life,” she said.

No appointment is necessary

Anyone seeking testing should let the registration clerks know that they would like to register for free blood pressure and blood glucose screening. The results are available immediately and counselling and referral will be offered as deemed necessary.

The importance of health screening was highlighted recently when free health checks organised by Rotary Central at local supermarkets identified 10 people whose blood-sugar levels were so high, they were sent immediately to the hospital’s emergency room.

None of those people had previously been diagnosed as diabetic.

For further information on Thursday’s screenings, contact Therese Prehay at the Public Health Department on 244-2632.