Gros Islet Health Fiesta to mark Minister Hippolyte’s first anniversary in office

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Gros Islet Health Fiesta to mark Minister Hippolyte’s first anniversary in office
Minister Hyppolite
Minister Hyppolite

In commemoration of one year in office, the Parliamentary Representative for Gros-Islet, Honourable Emma Hippolyte, has undertaken a health promotion campaign in the constituency as part of a longstanding commitment towards a healthy St. Lucia and in particular a healthy Gros-Islet.

The event, Gros-Islet Health Fiesta 2012, is being staged in conjunction with the Gros-Islet Town Council and coordinated by a committee comprising, the town council, health practitioners, representative of organizations in areas of health and other professional volunteers.

The campaign has the following objectives;

1.  To provide solutions, focus on information dissemination and preventive healthcare practices.
2.  Promotion of existing health services
3.  Support of efforts for early detection and screening for lifestyle diseases
4.  Improvement of health as a long-term National Goal

Gros-Islet Health Fiesta will be held from November 25 to December 1, 2012. The event will open with a Health Fair/Exhibition on the grounds of the Old Convent in Gros-Islet on Sunday, November 25.

The opening event will feature diabetic and hypertension screening, PSA testing for men over 40 and nutrition counseling.

The week of activities will culminate in two separate activities, a free counseling and testing for HIV on Saturday, December 1, World AIDS Day on the Gros-Islet playing field.  The other activity is in collaboration with the Caribbean HIV and AIDS Alliance and the National AIDS Programme of the Ministry of Health for a World AIDS Day Fair and Candle light ceremony at the Bay Walk Mall.

The week will also see a number of activities to include town hall meetings addressing a range of issues related to reproductive health, cancer, diabetes and hypertension.

The entire constituency of Gros-Islet is encouraged to take part in the activities and benefit from the free screening available for the week.  Dental and eye clinics are also scheduled for schools in the constituency.

A number of organizations have partnered with the committee for the successful hosting of the week of activities, Lions Club of Gros-Islet, St. Lucia Blind Welfare Organization, Ministry of Health and the National HIV/AIDS Programme, Repts and Lab Services.

For further information please contact Miss Kim McPhee at Gros-Islet Town Council, telephone 4500731

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