Bulawayo East Seventh-Day Adventist Church is holding a week-long Health and Lifestyle Expo in which residents are offered free medical check-up and counseling services.

The expo which opened on Sunday (May 22) and will end on Saturday (May 28) in Bulawayo’s eastern suburb of Suburbs, sees attendants have blood sugar and high blood pressure check-ups, voluntary HIV testing and counseling, among other related services.

The church has brought specialists in the form of medical personnel and counselors to attend to residents’ health needs at no cost.

“The expo seeks to attend health needs of our community,” Mrs Lyndah Sibanda, the church’s Personal Ministries Director, told Relzim.org. “It is not only meant for Adventists but everyone is free to come and benefit from the free health services offered here except unaccompanied children of course.”

Earlier on, Muriel George, one of the church members at the reception desk said the expo sought to address all aspects of human health and lifestyles.”We seek to give tips that will help them become better persons and we don’t want to leave any aspect of life,” she said.

George added that attendants were being sensitized on nutrition, importance of taking up exercises , having enough rest, among other things that affect human health.

The time between 9 am and 5 pm has been set aside for addressing the health needs of attendants while 6 pm to 7 pm is dedicated to evening worship and speeches by doctors, George explained.

“The programme has been well-received by the community because on the first day alone, more than 100 people came to seek for our services,” Mrs Sibanda revealed.

The church which has pitched tents at the site with seven stations where different health services are being accessed, will hold a Sabbath service on Saturday at the same place and round-up the social outreach.

Meanwhile, the same church last week held a Stop Smoking Campaign at the Holiday Inn after which ten people have reportedly stopped smoking.