American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine hosted its third annual Men’s Health Day on Saturday, May 24, 2014. It took place on AUA’s main campus from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The event, which has grown increasingly popular, had more than 300 male attendees.
According to Vernon Solomon, Director, Emergency Medicine Training Centre (EMTC), AUA Men’s Health Day promotes awareness of preventable health issues and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. He further explained that in addition to the general distribution of health information, participants had the opportunity to provide their medical history and have their cholesterol, glucose, vision, prostate and body mass index (BMI) screen tested. AUA medical students interacted directly with patients, answered questions, and provided individualized recommendations based on each person’s health profile.
Additional AUA student health groups, such as the Asthma League and Sickle Cell Awareness Group, and key health partners supporting AUA Men’s Health Day, including Mount St. John’s Medical Centre, Antigua and Barbuda Glaucoma Support Group, Antigua and Barbuda Renal Society, and Antigua and Barbuda HIV and Aids Network (ABHAN), were on site to provide health information on their specific area of focus.
The local Spanish-speaking community was also be served by medical students who speak the language.
For more information, please contact the AUA Men’s Health Day Organizing Committee at [email protected].