Two local entities are joining forces to ensure that residents receive the necessary screening for a number of common and prevalent diseases.
The Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS) Prevention Unit, in collaboration with the Antigua and Barbuda Diabetes Association, will host a health-screening initiative this Saturday, November 5, at 7:30 a.m.
However, the venture is not being conducted in the usual fashion, but will be held on the beach.
Dr. Janelle Charles-Williams, Communications and Marketing Manager at MBS, says the very ambiance of the location is therapeutic.
Once persons have completed their screenings, they can have a dip in the historic Fort James Beach, Charles-Williams says, especially those who have not been in the sea in quite some time.
Being screened is very important for detecting diseases early; for beginning treatment quickly; or for commencing preventative measures.
As 2022 comes to a close, Charles-Williams is admonishing those who have not been tested for any communicable diseases this year – or for breast and prostate cancer, or had a pap smear – to schedule one before the end of the year, or first thing in the New Year.
Other partners, including the AIDS Secretariat, will be on hand to conduct some screenings, as well.