About 600 Quay County residents visited the Quay County Community Wellness Fair Saturday morning at the Tucumcari Convention Center to learn about matters that affect health, receive small souvenir items and medical screening tests, according to Alida Brown, coordinator of the Quay County Health Council.
The health council and Quay County Government sponsored the event, which is held every other year. The event’s theme was “Putting the Pieces Together,” to demonstrate that many factors besides doctors and medicine contribute to healthy living, Brown said.
Free and low-cost medical screening tests, however, were available.
Student volunteers from the University of New Mexico’s School of Pharmacy administered 94 lipid-panel tests and 40 A1C screenings, Brown said, and the New Mexico Dept. of Health’s Mammography Van visited and administered 20 mammograms to screen for breast cancer.
Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital staff members volunteered to administer many other tests and screenings.
In addition, Tucumcari police officers collected 45 pounds of expired and no longer used prescription drugs for safe disposal, according to Sgt. Paul Bell. Bell said officers and safety specialists also inspected several child safety seats to ensure they were properly installed. Statistics show that four of every five child safety seats are improperly installed, according to literature handed out at the fair.
In all 66 organizations, businesses and agencies sponsored information booths at the fair, giving away literature and small items. The Ministry of Hope set up a “bouncy house” and other attractions for kids.
Tristate Careflight, which provides emergency helicopter service from Trigg Hospital to larger hospitals, landed a helicopter on the Convention Center’s parking lot for visitors to view.
United Blood Services took blood donations in a mobile unit. Brown said all the exhibitors she had contacted after the fair said the event “was a valuable use of their time.”