More than 150 leading entertainers, bandleaders and pan players are expected to be screened at the Mt Hope Medical Sciences Complex, as part of a new project to ensure our cultural leaders and icons are healthy and “Ready for the Road” for the 2018 Carnival Season.
The executive medical screening will include blood testing, ECG tests, a chest x-ray and a consultation with a doctor to review the findings of the screening with the patient, so our cultural icons can make the lifestyle adjustments they need to improve their quality of life, said Dr Abdul Hamid, General Manager, Primary Care at the NCRHA.
Dr Hamid expressed concern that many people do not place priority on getting a check-up because they feel healthy. He said it’s important to maintain one’s health instead of seeing a doctor only when feeling under the weather.
“We at the NCRHA are trying to change that culture and we are encouraging more people to get their regular screenings so health issues can be identified early and addressed long before simple ailments become critical,” he said.
NCRHA Chief Executive Office Davlin Thomas said the ‘Ready for the Road’ initiative is part of the NCRHA’s thrust to keep our culture alive by taking care of our current and future band leaders and performers.
He said, “The Authority continues to reach out to various groups in society in its thrust to raise awareness of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and to improve the quality of healthcare provided to members of the public entrusted into our care. This initiative provides a preventative medical screening intervention to reverse the proliferation of NDCs and reduce the impact that they have on our Emergency Department and our valued clientele.”
He said the initiative called, “Ready for the Road… Keeping Our Culture Alive,” targets carnival workers and performers who portray our culture at home and abroad, because their busy schedules don’t allow them to get checkups, eat properly, plan medical screenings and generally pay attention to their health.