Guam - The Office of the Governor, the Guam Buildup Office and the Subcommittee on Health and Social Services hosted an Islandwide Health and Social Services Fair today at the Agana Shopping Center. The fair highlighted services available in both the public and private sector. It also created awareness for residents on the need to develop a plan to serve as a platform on health needs.
Matrix Design Group member Rick Rust told KUAM News, "We're asking everyone to provide input to the plan as we develop it to make sure we address everyone's needs in the community. we want to provide an outlet to give back to the community by having a fair to not only allow people to tell us what to address in the plan but to also get information on health services providers and social services provider on the island."
The event also included free blood pressure, glucose screenings and health counseling. Guam Diabetes Association President Carl Butler says it's important for the island to provide input on this plan. "It helps us to coordinate our programs and also to recruit members," he noted. "We have meetings every second Tuesday every month and we get normally 30 to 40 problems but diabetes is a bigger problem than that."
On Sunday, the Fair will continue up north at the Micronesia Mall in Dededo. Dr. Thomas Shieh will be providing free 4-D ultrasounds to pregnant women in their second trimester.