Today, April 7, the Coalition for Caregivers and Advocates for the Elderly in Liberia (COCAEL) will begin a one month health screening for older people in Liberia in commemoration of this year’s World Health Day. The day is set aside by the United Nations and has been celebrated for years to raise public awareness about global health issues and concerns.
During the month long health event, COCAEL in collaboration with the Liberia Diabetes Center will bring together policy makers, agencies catering to older people and diverse groups of older people. Those to be screened will participate in several health-related activities covering prevention and awareness workshops and screening to determine and treat various diseases such as diabetes, blurred vision, hypertension, that are prevalent among older people.
Dr. Yanquoi Kargbo, Registrar-general of the Liberia Medical and Dental Council will serve as the keynote speaker at the official launch that will be hosted at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Sinkor 12th Street in Monrovia beginning at 10 a.m.
Those already invited to the event are officials of government specifically those from the Ministry of Health, Gender and heads of health-related none-governmental organizations.
“At the end of the ceremony, older people in attendance will be screened by qualified health practitioners and health agencies, and will be treated based on their respective diagnosis,” the release said.
Also, it is expected that during the one month event, COCAEL will encourage agencies serving older people and families to take their older people to the Liberia Diabetes Center on Front Street and different health facilities for health screening and subsequent treatment.
The United Nations’ World Heath Day is an annual event held on April 7 to draw attention to particular priorities in global health. This year the day will be observed under the theme, “Diabetes: Scale up Prevention, Strengthen Care and Enhance Surveillance,” with the local theme, “Aging Healthy: A Right for Older People in Liberia.”