Gozo Health Awareness Day event carried out in Victoria
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The Health Awareness Committee within the Gozo General Hospital organised a Health Awareness Day which took place last Friday at the Duke Commercial Complex in Victoria. The event attracted a large number of people who were able to to take advantage of the services on offer.
Professionally trained staff were able to check weight and body mass index (BMI) recording, blood pressure readings, blood glucose testing and intraocular pressure reading, 755 tests were carried out over a space of four hours. Information was also provided on weight reduction.
The Committee said that this was the fourth time such an event had been organised in Gozo, through which around 2,500 free tests were carried out between March and September. In addition to these tests at previous sessions a physiotherapist had also been in attendence for back screening and advice on posture control. Advice had been given on oral and dental care and for those able to, there had also the chance to donate blood. New applications for organ donors had also been welcomed at different sessions.
These activities are organised on a voluntary basis by a group of employees from health centres and others who work at the Gozo General Hospital, who in their free time choose to offer this service to the public. They usually select either weekends or Public Holidays which are expected to attract more Maltese to Gozo.
This year for the first time a ‘Team of the Year’ award was launched and presented to the Committee for Safeguarding Health Care within the Gozo General Hospital. Throughout the year, this team, organised various external activities to promote good health, including these Health Awareness Days and many of the team offered their services outside their normal normal working hours.