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Keeping health in forefront

Parents were plentiful to ensure their children were vaccinated.

Parents were plentiful to ensure their children were vaccinated.

It’s a new year and with it the Newstart Health Fair.

The Eunice Gibson Polyclinic held their first health fair for the year last Friday and it focussed primarily on children. It was undertaken in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Pan American Health Organisation, Health Sister, Onelle Alleyne-Edgehill, told Barbados TODAY.

Held in the Super Centre Warrens, St. Michael car park, parents grabbed hold of the opportunity with many ensuring their children were up to date with their immunisations.

With babies in arm to school-age children, parents waited in constant lines not to default once more, some even taking the time to acquire their own flu vaccines, tetanus shots or chick pox vaccines.

Dental care was also a popular booth among the parents. Auxiliary Dental Officer in the Ministry of Health, Julia Lynch, was very hands-on with the young ones and carefully examined all who came, while diligently took notes. She advised the parents on the best ways to manage their children’s teeth, shared literature and tried her best to answer the many questions that were asked.

For the adults, there was information on men’s, women’s and†environmental health. There was HIV testing and many of the customers going to and from the supermarket lingered to have breast examinations done and checks of their body mass index, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels. (KC)

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