Health authority offers a week of free health checks

In observation of World Health Day, the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority will hold free health screenings for blood pressure and blood sugar. 

Free screenings will be available Monday to Friday, April 7 to 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at all district health centers, the George Town General Practice, and Faith Hospital on Cayman Brac. 

Dr. Kiran Kumar, the medical officer of health, said the free health screenings are part of the key strategies of the Public Health Department to emphasize the benefits of healthy lifestyles, and early detection of health issues such as hypertension, high blood pressure, and diabetes, which will enable appropriate treatment in preventing the complications.  

No appointment is necessary but people seeking testing need 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 deemed necessary.  

World Health Day is observed on Monday, April 7. Its theme this year is diseases carried by mosquitos, flies, ticks and other creatures. Those vector-borne diseases include dengue fever, malaria and yellow fever. Every year, more than one billion people are infected and more than one million die from vector-borne diseases. 

This year, the World Health Organization is highlighting the serious and increasing threat of vector-borne diseases, with the slogan “Small bite, big threat.” 

For further information on the free local health screenings, contact Therese Prehay at the Public Health Department on 244-2632. 

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