Health Fair Plus provides health services to community

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

Northside Christian Church hosted its annual Health Fair Plus on Saturday, which provided health services to the community.

During Health Fair Plus, a mobile mammogram unit from North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo provided mammograms to women. NMMC-West Point provided prostate screening for men and blood sugar, lipid and cholesterol testing. Point City Drugs gave blood pressure testing, Eye Clinic of West Point provided eye and vision testing and Aberdeen Health Clinic gave diabetes screenings.

Northside Christian Church Pastor Orlando Richmond said the event went fantastic this year.

“We’ve been doing this for a while, and it continues to grow every year,” Richmond said. “This year we had around 300 people come in all.”

Also during Health Fair Plus, informational booths were set up with local vendors including East Mississippi Community College, Community Counseling Services, Medicomp Physical Therapy and Fresenius Medical Care, and the West Point Fire Department contributed face painting and water games for kids.

“I was most proud of the mobile mammography unit that came so that women could take advantage of that service,” Richmond said. “There were also more men that came this year than in the past, and they were able to get prostate and other testing. I’m very proud of those two things.”

Richmond said plans were in place to host the Health Fair Plus again next year, with plans to expand the services they will provide.

“We have a fairly large church for the area, but we’re running out of room,” he said. “Next year we will most likely expand to the second building, and provide other services like kidney function testing, which we’re looking forward to.”

Richmond said Health Fair Plus was a part of Northside Christian Church’s community outreach.

“We plan for this event every year,” he said. “We budget for it every year, and it is a part of our church’s outreach.”