Solomon Airlines staff took part in voluntary health checks on ‘World Heart Day’, arranged by the airline with the National Referral Hospital.

“To mark World Heart Day, we invited a medical team from the National Referral Hospital to provide our staff with voluntary general medical checks,” said Hernandia Zoloveke from Solomon Airlines Human Resources Team.

“We started at lunchtime with checks including blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and BMI or Body Mass Index measures and many staff were enthusiastic to participate,” she added.

“World Heart Day is a global campaign which informs people about cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke which claims 18.6 million lives each year around the world.

“The campaign aims to highlight this issue and also the actions that we can all can take to prevent it, by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and inadequate physical activity.

“World Heart Day encourages heart-healthy living and we saw this as an opportunity to create an activity which prioritises the health of our employees and helps to educate people about this very important subject,” she said.

Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.

The global campaign encourages individuals, families, communities, and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others.

Source: Solomon Airlines