One Community Health Nurse based at the Basseterre Health Centre, Davida Irish, noted that the objective is to make the health services as accessible as possible.
She explained that their focused area this time around is from College Street Ghaut, Basseterre to West Farm and they are hoping to reach out to working females in particular, as well as those who might be shopping at the local supermarket, located at Buckley’s-Best Buy.
A release from the Community Health Services of St. Kitts stated that it is partnering with others to promote the physical wellbeing of residents by means of this Community Health Outreach.
On this occasion, the Outreach is directed at residents who are being invited to get free HIV, blood sugar and blood pressure screenings as well as Body Mass Index (BMI) assessments.
Presentations will also address the topics: Breast Cancer, Adolescent Health, Pap Smears, Mental Health and Men’s Health.
Persons attending will receive demonstrations of breast and testicular examinations.
The Outreach is designed for the convenience of residents of the mentioned area and so takes place over a two-day period, Friday, 18th November and Saturday, 19th November.
All of the mentioned screenings and presentations will take place at the Best Buy Supermarket parking lot from 9:00am to 2:00pm daily.
For privacy, pap smears and breast examinations will take place at the Basseterre Health Centre on Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and on Saturday, from 8:00am to 1:00pm.
“We have found that the number of women going for pap smears has decreased and this test is very important considering that it can help prevent cervical cancer.
We also want to encourage our men, who we find often don’t visit the Doctor, to come and get their screenings.
Adolescents are of concern to us considering that there is an increase in teen pregnancy, so they need to come to our presentations on adolescent health. Our aim is to encourage all persons in our society to maintain healthier lifestyles