In its continuing efforts to reach out to the community, the Friends of Western Galilee Hospital hosted the first ever Community health fair at Nahariya’s Mall. For three days doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and other hospital staff offered free testing health tests and screening as well as informational lectures in a variety of areas of healthcare.

Tests for blood sugar levels and blood pressure along with glaucoma screenings and preliminary genetic counseling were offered to the community free of charge. WGH Child Development Center staff provided enriching activities for children in attendance with information for parents regarding healthy habits and development. Lectures were held for the public by physicians and healthcare professionals on topics of community health concern such as Diabetes, Genetic Counseling and even guidance in parenting by Israel’s “Super Nanny” Michal Daliot.

These tests and screenings provided for community awareness proved a great success having found a handful of residents in need of follow-up care in the hospital’s Ophthalmology Department and Diabetes Unit. While some residents were knowledgeable of their conditions, many who required follow-up care were either unaware of the danger of their condition before screening or unsure of the extent to which their condition needed to be monitored. Several health fair attendees were also found to be within risk groups for diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, but with proper intervention and regular monitoring will be in better control of their healthcare.

Western Galilee Hospital’s Director General, Dr. Masad Barhoum explains “It is important for the community to see the hospital as accessible and not just in times of emergency but as a center for the wellbeing of the more than 600,000 residents of the Western Galilee region.”

Partners in the health fair included both the Israeli and American Friends of Western Galilee Hospital, community supporters and the Western Galilee Hospital-Nahariya.