167000 people have already been screened at mobile clinics

10 years, 11 months ago - August 05, 2011
The Ministry of Health and Quality of Life introduced this service to detect patients suffering from non-communicable diseases

Since the launch of mobile clinics in September 2010, 167,000 people have already been screened. The five mobile clinics visited 934 localities. Close to 88,000 students benefited from the services offered while 18,000 women were screened for cervical cancer and 24,000 for cancer of the uterus.

“After the results of the tests, potential patients were referred to the appropriate health centres for further tests.

The mobile clinics provide free screenings for non-communicable diseases: such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, breast cancer and cervical cancer among
others,” said an officer from the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life.

He added that the work is being done well. “In the morning, the mobile clinics go to colleges where students of Forms III to VI are tested,” he said.

The Ministry of Health and Quality of Life introduced this service to detect patients suffering from non-communicable diseases. “People are getting used to comforts and are leading sedentary lives.

The ministry is working for the healthcare of the people and this is why we have provided mobile clinics across the island,” he said.

He highlighted the fact that 23 per cent of the population aged between 25 and 74 years suffers from diabetes; 37 per cent from blood pressure problems; 50 per cent are obese.

Text by the Independent

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