The Philippine Consulate General is scheduled to host the 3rd Quarter 2012 Free Health Screening for Filipino workers next Sunday, Sept. 2.
This will be the last quarterly health screening before the Consulate shuts down after Oct. 31, its last day of providing services to the Filipino community in the Commonwealth.
“However, Consulate hopes that with spirit of volunteerism in the true spirit of Filipino bayanihan in Saipan, the Filipino Community members shall continue this endeavor to reach and serve even in a modest way the medical needs of fellow Filipinos on the island,” Consul General Medardo Macaraig said in a statement.
Registration for the event, to be held at the ground floor of Marianas Business Plaza in Susupe, will start at 6:30am while the actual conduct of the activity will be from 7am to noon.
Medical services to be provided during the health screening include blood pressure, blood sugar, and vision check-ups.
Those who will avail of the blood sugar check-up are asked to refrain from any solid or liquid intake at midnight prior to actual testing or until after blood samples have been obtained at the event.
Brief lectures on how to prevent hypertension and diabetes are usually given at the health screening.
In an interview, Macaraig noted the importance of having these quarterly health screenings available for the Filipino community as it helps them monitor if their blood sugar and blood pressure levels are steadily climbing, thus warning them and allowing them to take precautionary measures to avoid more serious conditions.
“There is value to the health records that we maintain for our quarterly health screenings, that is why we are planning on inviting our medical volunteers and other Filipino groups to attend an informal meeting following the last health screening,” he told Saipan Tribune.
The meeting, he said, aims to coordinate plans on how the regular health screenings can be continued even with the closure of the Consulate.
According to Macaraig, their medical volunteers are willing to take on the responsibility but there are considerations that need to be addressed, including venue for the event.
The free health screening program is a joint collaboration of the Consulate with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, with the cooperation of the Filipino Volunteer Medical Team CNMI Pharmacist Association, Hardt Eye Clinic, and other volunteers from the Filipino community.