Deep Water Harbor, Basseterre, St. Kitts, Monday 11th April 2016 – The St. Christopher Air & Sea Ports Authority joined the world in celebration of World Health Day with a weekend of activities starting with a health fair on Friday 8th followed by a health challenge walk on Saturday 9th April 2016.
Friday 8th April 2016 was dubbed Health & Wellness Day Fair at SCASPA’s Air and Sea Ports; where the healthcare officials from the Ministry of Health set up screening and testing posts at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport terminal and the Deep Water Port. Testing and checks were done in the areas of Hypertension, Diabetes, weight, Hepatitis B and HIV.
Port workers, stakeholder, tenants and persons from the neighboring community and businesses were afforded the opportunity to have free health checks from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Commending the Port Authority on this initiative, one participant of the health fair and employee of the St.Kitts Signature Flight Support commented:
“I always look forward to SCASPA’s health fairs. More so, I believe it should be done at least twice per year. I am happy that this is in place to remind people that health is important and I think coming from an organization like SCASPA it will allow other influential organizations to follow. This is a really good event from the port. “
National AIDS Program coordinator Gardenia Destang-Richardson in the Ministry of Health, commented that this year’s turnout, and especially in the area of HIV testing, was quite impressive:
“I’ve seen a wide range of persons coming out today, not just the regular customers and port workers, wanting to know their status. This fair suggests efficiency on SCASPA’s part in becoming aware of its employees’ health. Early detection means higher success rate in treatment and a lowered rate of absenteeism due to illness”
The SCASPA annual Health fair ended shortly after 3:00 p.m.
Saturday 9th April saw the staff and supporters engaging in a fitness walk commencing from the Deep Water Port in Bird Rock onto the Bird Rock Road, Kim Collins Highway, Conaree, Halfmoon Bay, Frigate Bay Road then ended back at the Deep Water Port where a healthy breakfast was served.
In the interest of our workers’ health and wellness SCASPA is optimistic that its intended regular engagement in events such as these would be contagious.