Huge response. Gulf News HR officers Nilanjana Javed and Lavkesh Grover at the health camp Image Credit: XPRESS/Arshad Ali

Dubai: A free health camp was organised for Gulf News employees on December 14.

Conducted by AXA Medical Insurance, in partnership with Prime Hospital, Exeter Bone and Joint and Magrabi Optical, the health check-ups covered screenings for Body Mass Index, blood glucose, blood pressure, vision and bone density.

Laura Gerstein Alvarez, chief health officer, AXA Gulf, said the screening was part of AXA’s ‘Health on Track’ programme. “As part of our strategy to move from being a claim payer to a partner, AXA introduced this programme two years ago. This first-of-its-kind education and support programme focuses on addressing the challenges posed by diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer and flu, which have been recognised as the top five health challenges for Dubai. To date, AXA has worked with more than 47 corporate healthcare customers, and recorded more than 5,000 visitors who were screened and received personalised healthcare plans.”

Dr Ibrahim Kyrillos, general practitioner from Prime Hospital, said, “It is important for people to get regular screenings done. Due treatment should be taken and follow-ups made to maintain good health.”

“The health camp was a great success with over 150 staff taking advantage of it. It helped them get a realistic update on their health and well-being,” said Gulf News HR officer Nilanjana Javed. “The camp will give our employees an opportunity to make lifestyle changes to overcome any medical problems they have. The increased awareness will help them to be more proactive in getting health checks done more often. As a group we believe in keeping our staff healthy and happy,” added HR officer Lavkesh Grover.