Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Papua New Guinea Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventist Church


Health Expo

Adventists provide free medical checks

MORE than 1,000 people received free medical checks over three days during the Adventist Health Expo in Madang, Papua New Guinea.

Nurses, doctors, students and volunteers worked tirelessly from April 4-6 to check blood pressure, weight, glucose levels and provide advice to 1, 402 people at the Laiwaden oval. Of this total, 237 were children.

The medical checks were part of the April 2-7 health expo for the Madang Manus Mission.

After basic screening, people visited booths where they received important information on nutrition, exercise, water, sunshine, temperance, air, rest and trust.

There were food samples on display, water treatment and exercises for people who needed them.

Many people visited the physiotherapy booth where they were massaged for free and advised on how to take care of body aches.

A children’s programme was also run over the three days, allowing children to take part in different activities. Nurses also checked the children and their parents were advised on how to care for them well.

The Fred Hallows Foundation, a Non-Government Organisation providing eye care in Madang, also did eye tests and recommended glasses to people who had problems with their vision.

There were also displays of books, plants, organic coconut products, herbal medicine and a solar water pump.

In the evenings, the South Pacific Division Health Director Dr Chester Kuma presented topics on diseases and how they can be avoided by following a healthy lifestyle.

Dr Kuma stressed that the lifespan of Pacific Islanders was decreasing because many were now living on processed food with many developing lifestyle illnesses such as diabetes.

He encouraged people to live healthy lives by eating fresh vegetables and fruits and exercising daily.

The Papua New Guinea Union Mission (PNGUM) health director Gad Koito thanked everyone involved in ensuring the expo was successful.

Madang Provincial health advisor Marcus Kachau hailed the expo a success, adding a partnership with the church is important and that future expos should be bigger and better.

Meanwhile, the health professionals, volunteers and others involved in the expo joined the provincial health office in celebrating World Health Day on April 7.

They marched through Madang town and helped to do awareness on the world health day theme Depression: Let’s Talk.

The health expo in Madang was the first of 10 exhibitions planned by the PNGUM health department from 2017 to 2020.

The next one will be held in September in Goroka, Eastern Highlands, by the Eastern Highlands Simbu Mission. The theme for the expos is Healthy by Choice not By Chance.