Filipinos in Saipan join free health screening

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A March 8, 2011 press release prepared by the Department of Foreign Affairs

The Philippine Consulate General in Saipan conducted the 1st Quarter “Free Health Screening for OFWs” at the Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC) at the Ground Floor of the Marianas Business Plaza last March 6.

It was held together with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, the Filipino Volunteer Medical Team, the Filipino Pharmacists and Hardt Eye Clinic

This quarterly activity was started several years ago and aims to increase the awareness of Filipinos in Saipan on diabetes prevention and control, hypertension prevention, eye/vision pressure correction among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

For this quarter, a total of 363 OFWs were served, down slightly from 399 in December 2010. Of this number, 310 OFWs’ blood sugar and blood pressure were taken by medical volunteers. The Hardt Eye Clinic served 53 eye patients.

The services, however, went smoothly and were facilitated by the dedication of the volunteers.

Filipinos were also served during this free health screening by Ms. Saulmaz Rostami, an Australian public health worker.

The Consulate General extends its deepest appreciation to all volunteers and everyone who, through the years, have rendered valuable service to Filipinos in Saipan.

The next “Free Health Screening for OFWs” is scheduled on June 5 in the same venue.