Free health screenings this week

The Health Services Authority is offering free health screenings this week to mark World Health Day.

Blood sugar and blood pressure checks are available at all district health centers, George Town General Practice, Faith Hospital on Cayman Brac and at the health clinic on Little Cayman.

The daily checks through Friday, April 7, are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Saturday, April 8, there will be free screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various supermarkets in Grand Cayman. Cholesterol testing will also be offered. No appointment is necessary for any of the screenings.

People should indicate to the registration clerks that they would like to register for free blood pressure reading and blood sugar screening. Results are available right away, and counseling and referral will be offered as necessary, according to the Health Services Authority.

Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez said the free screenings are part of the Public Health Department’s efforts to emphasize the benefits of healthy lifestyles and to assist in early detection of diabetes, hypertension and other diseases.

The theme of this year’s World Health Day, which falls on Friday, April 7, is “Depression: let’s talk.”

Dr. Williams-Rodriguez said depression increases the risk of other noncommunicable diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, and conversely, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases increase the risk of depression.

In 2016, the Cayman Islands had 46 people treated as inpatients who were diagnosed as suffering from depression. In 2014, the World Health Organization Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems study conducted in the Cayman Islands reported that mood disorders constituted 28 percent of persons diagnosed and treated in outpatient facilities, according to a statement from the office of Premier Alden McLaughlin, who is also the Minister of Health.

For more information, contact Therese Prehay at the Public Health Department on 244-2632 or email [email protected]

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