Saturday, November 8, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Under the theme “Good to Go From Head To Toe”, the Matron Roberts Polyclinic II on Magazine Road in Belize City hosted a health fair with participation from various stakeholders.
For more on the fair and the services offered by Matron Roberts which is one of the oldest medical facilities in Belize we spoke with its administrator, Alexy Rosado who says services range from general practitioning to pharmacy and laboratory testing.
It is the preferred NHI clinic for Belize City’s Southside and was awarded by the Ministry of Health last year for best overall performance.
One of the participating organizations promoting Diabetes Awareness Month in this month of November is the Belize Diabetes Association.
Their display at the health fair centered around foot care.
While diabetes is caused by high sugar content, if not properly treated it causes other complications including potential amputation of the legs and feet.
Generally speaking, the human foot withstands one and a half times a person’s body weight, but is vulnerable to pain, cuts, sores and blisters.
Cosmetologist and volunteer with the Association, Barbara Johnston says it is important to treat your feet well if you are a diabetic and active and because Belize does not have a specialist in foot care (known as a podiatrist), much of that falls to patients.
The Association will conduct similar outreach activities as part of its plans for the month.
Also present were the Belize Kidney and Cancer Associations and Public Health Department with advisories on dengue, chikungunya and Ebola virus.
But even without the threat of deadly diseases, Belizeans are often opposed to visiting the doctor regularly. Rosado says it is vital to maintaining good health that a once-a-year checkup is performed, more frequently if predisposed to certain health conditions.
Today’s fair was attended by school children from across the City.
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