Free community health fair aims to keep the region healthy

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Saturday morning, more than 100 medical students held a free community health fair in Pikeville.

Life-saving services like Narcan training and diabetes testing were offered inside the Health Professions Building.

"We try to give them a wide range of services so they can really take care of themselves and better their futures," explained Medical Student Maher Alia.

"So this is a good chance for the community to get to know the students and the future doctors in the area who could potentially be your doctors in the future," Alia pointed out.

Many say the best part of the fair is the cost.

All the services are administered or taught for free.

"It's totally free. No healthcare, no insurance required," said Alia.

Alia is from Louisville. He helped his classmates organize the event.

"We're really glad we're able to provide a full panel of things that way, again you can really take advantage of this opportunity," explained Alia.

Some students took advantage of the free health screenings.

"I probably hurt myself maybe 4 days ago," recalled David Postma.

Postma says he hurt his back while working out. After receiving care from those at the health fair, he says his back feels much better.

"Now it just feels a lot better, a lot more mobile, a lot more limber," pointed out Postma.

Postma says he enjoys helping the people of Eastern Kentucky.

"The fact that I can help them and alleviate this pain without giving them medications and simply doing treatments that maybe take 2 minutes, 3 minutes, it's an amazing ability," explained Postma.

Alia agrees.

"We really wanted to be able to get more involved in the community and be able to help out in the way we best know how," said Alia.

If you missed this one, don't worry.

The students say they hope to have more free community health fairs in the future.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station. powered by Disqus