NCRHA urges citizens to get regular checkups
Early detection is key to treating and ultimately preventing non-communicable diseases.
Speaking with reporters at the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) Ready for the Road Initiative at the St Joseph Health Centre on Sunday, Corporate Communications Manager Peter Neptune urged citizens to get regular checkups.
He stressed that early detection ensures a positive long-term prognosis.
Neptune explained that the programme is part of the Authority’s wider strategy that the NCRHA has to reach more people with screening.
He noted that the screening was accessible to all members of the public and specially catered to persons working full-time jobs from Monday to Friday and unable to see a doctor during the week.
“There are some groups that don’t have access to healthcare during the week due to their work schedule.
People are coming to the emergency room but by the time they do, it is already too late. They have already progressed into diabetes and cancer.”
He noted that the NCRHA has additional outreach programmes planned to target men and women, with upcoming events on January 25 and February 1 respectively.
“Those are both on Saturdays so we can facilitate people who are unable to come for healthcare services during the week. These services are also available during the week to the public but a lot of people are not aware of it.”
Neptune said it was on this basis the NCRHA decided to begin its campaign with media personnel.
At Sunday’s event, media personnel were treated to free full executive medical checkups, including full bloodwork, consultation with a physician, referrals and prescriptions filled.