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Over 60 persons take part in JCI Health Fair

Over 60 persons take part in JCI Health Fair

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Over 60 persons from Greiggs and surrounding areas took advantage of a health fair held in that village last Saturday by JCI St Vincent.

The organization, formerly known as the St Vincent Jaycees, collaborated with the St Vincent Planned Parenthood Association (SVPPA) to provide free health services to persons in the community.{{more}}

The health fair, which took place on the grounds of the Doreen John Health Centre between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., saw over 60 patrons taking advantage of tests for blood pressure, blood sugar, HIV, pap smears and Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA).

Information and demonstrations on safe sexual practices and proper condom use were also provided by the St Vincent Planned Parenthood Association.

A representative from Health Solutions Inc was on site to deliver pertinent information on kidney health care and dialysis. Also, the All Smiles Dental Clinic assisted by supplying informational booklets and other materials on the topic of proper dental hygiene. The Vector Control Unit was on hand to educate residents on basic vector control to reduce infestation of dangerous insects and rodents in and around households.

Demonstrations on basic Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR/mouth to mouth), which is a life saving technique useful in many emergencies, were provided by personnel from the St Vincent and the Grenadines Coastguard.

Officers from the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force were also on hand to speak to residents about ways of reducing and/or preventing crime.

JCI St Vincent is a non-governmental, voluntary organization, with the main objective of developing and empowering young people, while contributing to community growth through active involvement.

“The organization wishes to thank the medical and subsidiary staff of the Doreen John Health Centre and all participating organizations for their support, as through this effort, more persons within our nation were able to benefit from well needed free health services, which are otherwise unaffordable,” a release from the organization said.

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