Heavy rains and gusty winds didn’t stop about 150 people from taking advantage of the free health screening organized by the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance Marianas Chapter and Marianas Eye Institute last Saturday at the Filcom Pavilion in Susupe.
USP4GG Marianas Chapter chair Dr. Celia Lamkin said a majority of those who availed of the free services were Filipinos but a number of Chamorros, Carolinians, Chinese, Korean, Bangladeshis, and Micronesians also went to the health screening.
“Despite the very bad weather, which others thought to be a typhoon, the residents of Saipan braved heavy rains and gusty winds to avail of the free health screening. It was a very successful event,” she said.
Lamkin added that people who availed of the free health screening were very thankful to the local chapter of the USP4GG and Marianas Eye for providing the services, especially since most have no health insurance and cannot afford to see a healthcare provider.
“Probably one third of those who availed the health screening were hypertensive; however, they were not aware that they had high blood pressure because they were asymptomatic. There were also residents whose blood sugar are more than 200mg/DL after fasting for 12 hours. They were all advised to see or consult their doctors,” she said.
The other sponsors of the free health screening were Upper Room International Ministries, National Institute Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Ronald Lamkin, Dr. Celia Lamkin, Charles Lamkin (Dr. Lamkin’s brother-in-law), St. Louis, Missouri, and Rene Batallones.
USP4GG also thanked the following people who volunteered: Emily Taitano, vision screening; Lea Mendiola, blood sugar tests and body mass index; pastor Danny Ibanez, counseling and logistics; Amalia Ibanez and Rowena Velasco, registration and weight determination; Eduardo Belocora and J.R. Belocora, logistics and serving water to participants; Rene Batallones and staff for providing the chairs and tables; Lucita Torrrez Reyes, distribution of health-related materials; and USP4GG Guam’s Cyroos Belocora, who made the poster for health screening announcement.
The U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization based in New York, headed by national chairperson Loida Nicolas Lewis, national president Rodel Rodis, and spokesperson/legal counsel Ted Laguatan.