The Cayman Islands Public Health Department will be offering free screenings for diabetes and hypertension to mark World Health Day.

The screenings will be held in all district health centers on Grand Cayman, including the general practice clinic at the Cayman Islands Hospital and Faith Hospital on Cayman Brac, from Monday to Friday, April 9 to 13, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Residents on Little Cayman can call their clinic to make an appointment.

Health Minister Dwayne Seymour, in a statement, said Cayman would be holding World Health Day activities throughout the week to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the World Health Organization.

“This year, the focus of World Health Day is Universal Health Coverage, which means health coverage for everyone, everywhere, without discrimination,” Mr. Seymour said. “As Minister for Health, this is a principle very close to my heart. I believe strongly that everybody in the Cayman Islands should have access to the best healthcare available.

“Health is a human right and nobody should have to choose between good health and other life necessities. Neither should anyone face financial hardships to access the health services that they need.”

He said that while he recognized that healthcare treatments can be expensive, it is important that people do everything possible to take care of their health.

“That is one of the reasons that the Public Health Department is offering free screenings next week for diabetes and hypertension. The earlier we can detect conditions, the sooner we can treat them. Early diagnosis can make a huge difference in the success of treating illnesses, sometimes meaning the difference between life and death,” he said.

World Health Day is marked internationally on April 7.

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