A health professional checks a young patient
A health professional checks a young patient

Residents of the community of Laudat, last Saturday turned out in large numbers at the community health center to receive a free comprehensive health check-up.

PDV Caribe Dominica Ltd. hosted a health and safety screening at the community's health centre as part of ongoing celebrations to mark the 10th Anniversary of the signing of the Petro Caribe Agreement.

Local eye specialist, Dr. Benet Henry and a team of Cuban medical professionals, along with the district nurse administered health care in various fields from internal medicine, ophthalmology, pediatrics, surgery and gastroenterology and other health services.

Denise Charles, Sales and Marketing Leader for PDV Caribe Dominica, "It's been a great morning so far. We had a good turnout and this is part of our way of encouraging people to practice better health habits. As you know health and safety is of paramount importance to PDV Caribe Dominica so it is one of the major things we chose to celebrate during our anniversary."

The Cuban Ambassador, Juan Carlos Frometa de la Rosa affirmed his country's support toward this initiative. He said, "We are working together with the Embassy of Venezuela and Petro Caribe in order to give some medical journal in different constituencies and that's the way we have demonstrated our support. The Cuban Brigade saw this opportunity as a way to help, to show solidarity and to also celebrate the 10th Anniversary in Dominica."

The team of physicians attended to the residents in the community of Grand Fond the previous Saturday where 150 persons received medical care.

John Colin McIntyre the Hon. Parliamentary Representative for Laudat expressed his sentiments about this initiative.

"Today we are targeting health and the community. Health is something that is very critical for us. I see this as something that is very important for the community. To have four specialists at one time in the community of Laudat is tremendous. The turnout today has been phenomenal. The people have been here as early as 7:15, looking forward to receiving that type of medical care."

He stated further, "All in all I'm very impressed and very happy about it. Let me say thank you to the government and people of Venezuela and our Prime Minister for his vision and being the first to sign on to the ALBA agreement. This is something I'd like to see continue and not just as part of the 10th Year Anniversary."

"I appreciated how they attended to us," expressed Catherine Dequental, a resident of Laudat.

Two more health outreaches are pending for the communities of Penville and Roseau Central.