Saturday 21 April
Over 200 people were in attendance at City Hall on Laurier Avenue at the annual health seminar organised and hosted by a coalition of Black community organisations in the national capital. Health topics covered focused on the health health risks faced by people of African descent. Speakers included: Dr. Alfredo Walker, Forensic Pathologist and Coroner: The brain, heart, kidney in diabetes, hypertension & obesity; Dr. Janelle King, Optometrist: Effects of diabetes melittus hypertension and glaucoma on the eyes; Dr. Garfield Miller, Ophthalmologist: Cataracts: Diagnosis & treatment; Dr. Susan Robertson, Anatomical Pathologist: Prostate disease and the Caribbean man; Edwin Nkengla, Medical Laboratory Technologist: Cervical cancer: Pap smears and cervical screening; Sharon Roberts and Robine Browne: Caribbean myths and beliefs: Barriers to mental health group discussion.
Community organisations involved in planning the event were: Black History Ottawa, Guyana Ottawa Cultural Association Inc, Jaku Konbit, Jamaican (Ottawa) Community Association Inc. (Physical Literacy Program), The National Institute of Jamaican-Canadians, St. Vincent & The Grenadines Ottawa Association, St. Lucia Ottawa Association, The Trinidad & Tobago Association of Ottawa, PSAC-Racially Visible Action Committee and the Young Leaders Advisory Council.
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