HEALTH officials on Vanua Levu have visited 433 villages and settlements providing medical services to 5370 people.
Health Ministry spokesman Shalvin Deo said yesterday this was a weekly program aimed at controlling the spread of communicable diseases and other related health problems.
"Our medical and sub-divisional outreach teams are making an effort to visit the villages and settlements in a bid to make health services accessible to the communities," he said.
"The visits started in January this year and also featured the provision of free dental services. The aim of this initiative is to provide health and wellness promotion messages to a large number of people.
"This is also an opportunity for health officials to get first hand information on the prevalent health issues and needs of the community such as water, sanitation and hygiene issues.
"Also, the visit provides on-site intervention by our environmental health officers."
Mr Deo said this was also an opportunity to provide home-based care to people with disabilities and those suffering from chronic conditions such as stroke, diabetes and hypertension and who could not afford to visit health centres and hospitals.
"The health team is also following up on children who may have skipped their immunisation treatment.
"We are encouraging the communities to take advantage of these outreach clinics as most of the time when our health teams come to the villages and settlements, only a few people and the sick ones show up.
"Even those who are not sick need to be screened to know whether they are healthy and if they are not, our health teams can conduct risk assessment and advise them what to do to ensure health and wellness."