More than a hundred community members of different ethnic groups availed of the free health screening last Dec. 17, 2017, at the San Antonio Parish Social Hall in San Antonio.
Organized by the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance Marianas chapter (CNMI and Guam), National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea Marianas chapter, the BAYANi group (Bayan Bago Sarili), National Federation of Filipino American Associations Marianas chapter (CNMI and Guam) and the Asian community of the CNMI, the health screening was sponsored by USP4GG chair Dr. Celia Lamkin and Ronald Lamkin, a volunteer of the USPGG Marianas chapter.
“Our good health is one of the most precious things that a person can possess. Our medical mission was designed to help people on their journey to a healthy life,” said Ronald Lamkin.
Dr. Lamkin said the health screening included free blood pressure and pulse/heart rate measurements, blood sugar tests, weight and height determinations, and body mass index calculations.
Free health-related brochures on prevention of hypertension, stroke, heart attack, asthma, obesity, high cholesterol/triglycerides, among others, were distributed.
Graduating nursing students of the Northern Marianas College, nurses, teachers, members of the USPGG Marianas chapter, BAYANi, and NYMWPS members volunteered at the event.
Free refreshments were also served.
“The community members were very grateful and happy that they were provided with these free health screening services and they became more aware of their health status. They were advised on changes of lifestyle to maintain good health and wellness. They also learned a lot about the prevention of some diseases. Those with alarming results were advised to immediately consult their primary physician,” added Dr. Lamkin.
Others that assisted with the health screening included the San Antonio Parish Church, Rev. Romil Aperocho, Johnny Gacayan, Lucita Reyes, Edgar Gacayan, Ben Magia, Fanny dela Rosa, Belle dela Rosa, Jovy Brondo, Donna Aquino, Beth, Fely Legaspi, NMC nursing students, USPGG Marianas chapter members, NYMWPS Marianas chapter members, BAYANi members, NAFFAA CNMI chapter members, and Asian Community of the CNMI members. (PR)