RESIDENTS of low-income earning communities in Ba and Lautoka are being urged to attend free medical clinics given by the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprise and Development (FRIEND).
The FRIEND PRISM Community Health Initiative began yesterday at Navoli Sangam School in Ba with the focus on addressing non-communicable disease issues.
"NCDs continue to be our biggest challenge. It affects one in five people in the country and our health team will be carrying blood sugar checks, blood pressure tests and provide counselling on medication," said FRIEND communications and publications manager Sandhya Narayan.
"This is a key issue, many diabetics do not take their medication regularly and this has resulted in complications leading to amputations in some cases."
Ms Narayan emphasised the importance of residents taking advantage of the free medical checks and heeding the medical advice offered.
Tomorrow residents of Nawaqadamu and surrounding villages will have an opportunity to enjoy free basic health services at the Nawaqadamu Community Hall beginning at 10.30am.
The health team will set up camp at Qalitu Primary School and Vakabuli Village in Lautoka on Tuesday, December 11.
On Wednesday the team moves to Matawalu Village community hall and Mr Sant's residence at Drasa.
The PRISM Health team will round off clinics on Thursday, December 13, at Matawalu Village and Tavarau Primary School in Lautoka.