Minister of Health wants to see more frequent health screenings at Ministry Headquarters

Minister of Health and the Environment Molwyn Joseph said that efforts will be made to perform regular health screenings after in excess of 100 individuals participated in the recently held health screening on Thursday in front the Ministry.

According to Minister Joseph, based on the response from the public, regular activities such as these are in demand at that location.

Minister Joseph said he hopes that regular screenings are held as it is very important to promote the idea of people taking responsibility for their own health.

The exercise covered screening for blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol and although the cut-off point was 1pm, screenings went well beyond that time as people continued to request service.

Over 160 individuals including ministry staff, members of the public and surrounding work places were screened on Thursday and many were asking the question when this will be held again.

Chief Nutritionist Avis Jonas and NCD Focal Point Coordinator, Nurse Valerie Williams were instrumental in organizing the event in collaboration with the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross.

Nurse Jonas said the response from the crowd surpassed her expectations and a number of persons received counseling.

Mellissa Johnson, the Health and Wellness Director of the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross, said that the organization has an ongoing NCD project and she hopes that this is the first of many collaborations with the Ministry of Health.

The Red Cross team at the screening comprised members of the Red Cross along with volunteers most of whom are trained in First Aid.

News Reporter

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