Yesterday, Sunday the 18th of November, The Rotaract Club of Metn headed towards Ayroun for their annual health fair. Doctors from several specialties were gathered in order to screen for potential diseases or to follow up on existing ones. Specialists in family medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology, dentistry and nutrition were available to provide free consultations to everyone!
As soon as patients arrived, general information was taken from them regarding known pathologies, a blood sugar test was conducted and their blood pressure was taken.
They were then redirected to the professionals they were looking for.
The dentists were available for check-ups and education regarding good oral hygiene. They were also distributing toothbrushes for free.
“It was a very good day. We focused more on preventive dentistry than the actual work.” – Dr Rahayel
The ophthalmologists were testing the acuity of vision but they were also trying to screen for:
- Glaucoma: a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve which is responsible for carrying visual information from the eye to the brain. It is the second most common cause of blindness in the United States.
- Cataract: it is the clouding of the lens of the eye. People who suffer from this condition normally have a blurry vision. It is more common in people above the age 45. However, some conditions may speed it up: diabetes, smoking, eye inflammation, eye injury, etc.
In assigning health priorities, skin disease is normally considered a small player compared with other diseases. However, not only do some skin diseases lead to a higher mortality rate in the population, but they also affect a patient’s quality of life and psychological status. This is why the presence of a dermatologist at the fair seemed essential.
Three doctors specialized in family medicine were present in order to screen for all types of diseases.
“We were lucky enough to detect a very serious case of untreated diabetes and another of heart disease.” – Dr Omar
And this, indeed, proves the importance of screening.
We, at Point a la ligne, were there to screen for potential cases of overweight and obesity. In fact, as you already know, obesity is very closely related to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers, etc. Body composition tests were conducted and appropriate and personalized diets were provided.
And last but not least, all present were fortunate enough to have a session by members of the Red Cross, regarding first aid. Tips on how to deal with common situations were given, not to forget the live demonstrations!
This is one example of many health campaigns that go on all over the country. And I believe that we are lucky to have so many NGOs, just like Rotaract, interested in early detection of diseases. Because after all, the earlier the detection, the easier and most likely the recovery would be!
So if you’re feeling anything or doubting anything in your body, don’t hesitate! Go for a check-up every once in a while. Community centers are available in all areas too!