RGH Hosts Annual Portales Health Fair

Fall is the season for hot coffee, pumpkin patches, Hocus Pocus, and haunted houses. However, fall also comes with sickness and pesky allergies. Roosevelt General Hospital hosted its annual health fair this past Saturday, and it was a major success for the ENMU community.

The health fair offers routine check-ups for Portales and surrounding communities. Janice Martinez, an RGH ambassador was present at the health fair and discussed how it has remained a victory year after year.

“This was my first year at the health fair clinic, and the hospital has one every year. Yesterday, we had 17 walk-ins come in,” said Martinez. “The check-ups included the [doctor’s looking at] pain, sore throats, and any rashes.”

Along with sore throats, pain and rashes comes the flu. Although, it is helpful to know the differences between the common and cold and whether you have the flu.

“A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu. While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few days, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks. The flu can also result in serious health problems such as pneumonia and hospitalizations,” according to WebMD.

Colleges are especially known for germs to fester in. Students share bathrooms, classrooms and dorm rooms and dining halls. Every year there seems to be a bug travelling around campus. Not everyone has time to be germaphobe, but everyone should keep healthy habits, especially on campus and during this time of year.

“Do not share drinks and food, wash your hands frequently, and wipe down surfaces that others have touched frequently,” said Martinez.

To avoid missing an important exam, a project, or your favorite class, make sure to take these steps to ensure your health. If you missed the health fair this weekend, stop by RGH, Walmart or La Casa for a routine check-up and flu shot so you can do all you can to avoid getting sick this semester.

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