San Pedro hosts Community Health Fair
The San Pedro Community Health Fair started at 9:00am on Thursday April 7th at the San Pedro Central Park. The fair was held in conjunction with World Health Day, which was observed under the theme "No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow". World Health Day is celebrated yearly on April 7th to mark the founding of the World Health Organization and provides an opportunity for the world community to come together and focus on actions that can improve the health of all people. Organized by the Ministry of Health, The Health Education and Community Participation Bureau (HECOPAB) and the San Pedro PolyClinic, this was the first of its kind on the island in four years.
Guest speaker Dr. Peter Allen, CEO of the Ministry of Health opened the day and commended San Pedro on being one of the strongest communities in the country. He stated, "Every year we highlight one important issue. We ask everyone to consider all of the things we need to do to keep our people healthy and well. This year we focus on the issue of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), under the theme, "No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow".
Antimicrobial resistance is resistance of a microorganism to an antimicrobial medicine to which it was previously sensitive. These organisms include bacteria, viruses and even some parasites that are able to withstand attack by antimicrobial medicines, such as antibiotics, antivirals, and antimalarials. The organisms become resistant to the medication and are able to survive. AMR is caused by the misuse of antimicrobial medicines and develops when a microorganism mutates or acquires a resistance gene.
Mr. Allen spoke of the importance of acquiring the right medication for various ailments that we may contract and following through with the recommended dosage, period and procedure of taking medication. He further spoke of the importance of prevention; lifestyle changes, such that would assist in securing a longer, healthier life.
The all day event ran through 2:00pm and included healthy food sales, games and free testing. Booths were set up offering services from the following organizations: Diabetes Association, Public Health, HECOPAB, Alliance Against AIDS, Maternal and Child Care, San Pedro Town Council, the San Pedro Lions Club, Kidney Association, SAGA Humane Society, Vector Control, National Drug Abuse Control Council, and a Dental Clinic. Click here for the rest of the story and more pictures