Health checks for 10,000 people

More than 10,000 people received health checks last week at a mega clinic in Mt Hagen, Papua New Guinea, led by an international team of Adventist volunteers.

The massive operation provided diabetes screenings, eye and dental checks. The clinic was manned by 426 volunteers, including 86 doctors and 40 nurses, alongside 300 local health workers.

So far 10,435 people have passed through the clinic, which is a joint initiative of the 10,000 Toes Campaign and Adventist World Radio. While many of the international volunteers have now headed home, the screenings will continue this week.

The 10,000 Toes Campaign is an initiative of Adventist Health aimed at reducing the epidemic of diabetes in Pacific countries. Every 20 minutes an amputation occurs in the South Pacific due to diabetes or an associated lifestyle disease.