Now there is no excuse to not get a medical checkup because on Saturday, December 13th, the fourth annual Health Fair will be held in Samara at Intercultura Language School.
The fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and it could be considered almost free because the cost to receive any type of treatment is around ¢1000 (about $1.90), taking into account that normally any medical consultation is around ¢25,000 (about $47).
This time, they will be offering dental services, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, endocrinologists, dermatologists and other specialists who provide care and will do medical tests such as electrocardiograms, glycemia (blood sugar tests), massages, blood pressure and PAP smears to diagnose cervical cancer. Any of these tests will also cost only ¢1,000.
The event is organized by the Blue Zone Community Foundation (FCZA- Fundacion Comunitaria Zona Azul), which has benefited more than 1000 people from different areas around the canton of Nicoya.
Patsy Scott, head of the FCZA and founder of the fair, explained that the event´s objective is to provide quality health services to people of all walks of life.
“Last year, people from 16 communities benefited. Some even came from Santa Cruz,” Scott explained. She said that the intention of the fair is to create healthy habits in people who do not have the opportunity to do periodic checkups.
Scott acknowledged the contributions of various organizations and medical professionals such as the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), the Samara Progressive Association (APROSA) and the Health Area of Nicoya, among other organizations that have supported the activity.
To finance this fair, the FCZA will hold a dinner and a costume contest with the theme Natura Exotica (exotic nature), which will take place at Rancho de la Playa Hotel on Saturday, December 6 at 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best exotic, primitive and humorous costumes.
Scott said the registration fee for this activity is ¢20,000 (about $38) and they hope to raise around ¢250,000 (about $470), which will be used for expenses of the fair.