Trinidad and Tobago: North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA): Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex at Mount Hope Women’s Hospital has introduced a “Fit Spots”. Physicians have maintained that physical exercise plays an unquestionable and major role in the battle against the proliferation of non-communicable diseases.
It is with this objective in mind that the North Central Regional Health Authority recently installed its exercise equipment around its Eric Williams facility at Mt Hope. According to CEO Davlin Thomas, “We noticed a number of patients, members of the community, as well as members of staff, on evenings exercising on the compound – some utilizing the fields for sports and games, while others simply enjoyed an evening stroll by taking a light walk or jog around the facility.”
“Our intention was to support and encourage this, particularly at a time where the growing incidences of NCDs have had such a negative impact on Trinidad and Tobago society.” CEO Thomas stated.
In keeping with the Ministry of Health’s current thrust to promote health and wellness through programmes such as TT Moves, the NCRHA expects that its latest addition in infrastructure, though small, will be impactful – in creating a safe space for exercise and enjoyment – with the hope of reducing the risk of disease, promoting preventative care and empowering individuals to adopt healthy behavioural practices.
The Regional Health Authority of Trinidad and Tobago has gathered praise and appreciation from the residents; many people took the comment section. One of the people commented, “This is a great step in the right direction… Well done, NCRHA….” While another mentioned, “It was an awesome sight today while doing my evening two laps… I will surely be using it… thanks, boss!!” and the third one stated, “Great job, we need some on St Joseph recreation ground thanks.”