The Lions Club of SVG (South) and students of St James School of Medicine committed to a day of health awareness to the Arnos Vale community on Saturday, 12 March 2016. This relationship was initiated by VP Lion Dr. Jose Davy, where she sought the support of SJSM in hosting this health fair. Dr. Davy, a former professor at SJSM and local practicing infectious disease specialist, highlighted the relationship between both entities as a growing one.
SJSM provided 26 students from the American Medical Student Association, PHI CHI Medical Fraternity and MD 3 and MD 4 seniors in supporting the screening stations of the event. Students also had the opportunity to receive some mentorship from Dr. Davy as she demonstrated follow-up consultations for patients that were marked as needing additional counselling based on their screening.
The event ended with over 60 patients receiving screening for HIV, blood pressure, blood glucose and blood hemoglobin.
“Hypertension continues to be a major concern for Vincentians”, highlights Dr. Davy as the event progressed to an end. This initiative serves as the first of two health fairs this partnership intends on hosting over the next few months.
Special thanks to Dean Crasta and Jessica Udeogu (MD3 Student) for providing refreshers and training for the students who supported this event.