The Health Department of the Grenada Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists targeted members of the Royal Grenada Police Force to advocate healthy by organising a health fair for them last week Wednesday, 5th July at the Central Police Station.
Director of Health of the Grenada Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists Jerome Gordon said as a department they support and promote healthy living, believing in the adage that a person’s greatest wealth is their health. He said, “it makes no sense having large amounts of money and not be able to enjoy it because of ill-health.
According to Gordon, the organisation tries to raise the public’s consciousness on healthy living. He reminded that in the CARICOM region there’s an increase in chronic diseases such as, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, diabetes among others but pointed out that persons must be sensitized to the need to be healthy, to be conversant with their numbers to know what their cholesterol level, blood pressure number and blood sugar levels are, thus heightening awareness of the need to practice healthful living.
He said they considered the police because the police force is a very important institution in society and the Seventh-day Adventist Church recognises their significance. At the health fair police officers got their blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and Body Mass Index checked and they were also screened checked for things like Swine Flu and HIV. The Adventist team worked in collaboration with Dr Francis Martin from the Ministry of Health, which has been very supportive of their efforts. A physician from the ministry was sent to assist and guide them along as they conducted their programs.
Gordon said the turnout was tremendous at the health fair and the many police officers and other left with a better idea of what their levels in the area of chronic diseases are.
The officers were elated and expressed heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the team. They would in fact like to see a health fair for them happen again.
Inspector of Police Peter Mason, in charge of the Central Police Station told the Grenada Informer the officers embraced the opportunity to get their health checked so that they could know how their different levels are and it also gave them the opportunity to understand that the stressful environment in which they work poses a lot of challenges to their health. They, therefore, took the opportunity to ensure they are healthy and if they are not they would then take the necessary action to get their health in order.
The Grenada Conference of Seventh- day Adventist has conducted many health fairs throughout the island in an effort to sensitise the population of Grenada on healthy living.