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Prison officers get health check-ups

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Commissioner of Prisons Gerard Wilson has his blood pressure checked by nurse Auldith Cato while Dr Abdul Hamid, second from left and general manager of Primary Care Steve De Las look on during the NCRHA launch of My Brother’s Keeper at St Joseph Health Centre, Mt Hope, yesterday. PICTURE ABRAHAM DIAZ

Prison Commissioner Gerard Wilson along with 55 prison officers were administered stress and ECG tests at the St Joseph Enhanced Health Facility yesterday.

The officers also received, as part of an executive medical screening, blood testing and chest x-rays. They will also receive a personal consultation with a doctor at the North Central Regional Health Authority’s (NCRHA) to review the findings of the screening.

Some of the tests revealed that a few officers had hypertension and high cholesterol.

The comprehensive executive medicals, through the NCRHA’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, provides preventative medical interventions inclusive of a stress measurement and management workshop for T&Ts service men.

This is a new phase of the NCRHA’s “Ready for the Road” initiative that intervenes to ensure the good health and wellbeing of interest groups that have been working diligently within communities over the years.

NCRHA’s Chief Executive Officer Davlin Thomas said the NCRHA intends to reach out to various groups in society "in our thrust to raise awareness of non-communicable diseases."

Thomas lamented that many times officers’ lifestyles and schedules do not permit them the time to obtain regular check-ups, maintain proper diet and nutrition and/or make appointments for medical screenings.

“Lately members of the protective services have been under pressure and we want to show that we are willing to do our part to partner with them in the service of our communities,” Thomas said.

Health Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh, who commended the NCRHA on its initiative, said some $8.7 billion TT is spent annually to treat non-communicable diseases.

Commissioner Wilson said for him and his officers, yesterday was "short of a miracle."

"Due to the stressful environment its important for officers to know their health status," he added.


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