JIS News

Scores of residents from Fruitful Vale and surrounding communities in Portland on Tuesday (Jan. 23) benefited from free health checks provided by the National Health Fund (NHF) as part of its community health day programme.
Held at the First Holiness Church of God, the health day was the third hosted by the Fund since the beginning of the year, with the first held at Retreat in St. Mary, and the second at Cyprus Hall in St. Andrew.
Among the services provided were blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol tests; blood circulation examination; application of foot care methods and procedures for diabetics; and screening for heart and eye diseases.
Persons diagnosed with illnesses as a result of the tests were informed about their conditions and advised to seek further medical treatment.
In addition, there were talks on the benefits of the Fund and the Jamaica Drug for the Elderly Programme and persons not signed on to the programmes were encouraged to get registered. Representatives of the agencies were on hand to accept applications.
Alloysious Stewart-Gaynor, Special Project Coordinator for the NHF, told JIS News that he was pleased with the overwhelming response to the health day.
He noted that a total of 37 community health days were conducted last year, and 86 such events were planned for this year, with about two to be held per week.Rosemarie Lee, Public Information Officer for the NHF, commended the residents for supporting the event and encouraged them to continue to make full use of the benefits available through the organization.
Meanwhile, a number of the participants expressed appreciation to the NHF for the services provided, and promised to encourage community members not yet registered to sign on to the Fund.