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Health checks up

The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Inc is recording a rise in the number of people doing health checks.

Chief Executive Officer Gina Pitts said the recent spate of premature deaths has heightened awareness among Barbadians of the need for preventative screening.   

“More people are calling and coming to us now, wanting to have health checks, screening, company screening – which are very important, especially workplace screening since the most recent fatality actually occurred in the workplace,” Pitts said at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) today during the presentation of vital health equipment to the QEH and polyclinics.

She announced that a major preventative screening campaign is scheduled to get under way within the next three months, and encouraged Barbadians to take advantage of the opportunity.

“So that you know what your risk factors are and you can modify nutrition, physical activity or medication to decrease some of the risks,” Pitt said.

The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Inc presented paediatric resuscitators to the Randal Phillips Polyclinic, Maurice Byer Polyclinic, St Phillip Polyclinic, The Glebe Polyclinic, Branford Taitt Polyclinic, Winston Scott Polyclinic and David Thompson Health and Social Services Complex, while oxygen catheters and automated external defibrillators were donated to the QEH.

“We have to look at where we have automated external defibrillators so that individuals have access to this necessary equipment. In the United States, at certain play parks you are no more than five minutes away from an automated external defibrillator [and] in most of the United States airports you are no more than seven minutes away from such equipment,” Pitt said.

“It’s those type of elements that we need. Access is important.”

She also recommended that organizers of events that attract large crowds should also ensure such equipment was easily accessible.

“At raves, cruises, cricket, anything of that sort. When you have a lot of people potentially you have a risk of populous that may need his equipment,” she explained.

Source: (KH)

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