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Montego Bay children benefit from free medical checks

Friday, August 16, 2019

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ST JAMES, Jamaica — Scores of children from Montego Bay and wider St James benefited from free medical checks during the second annual 'Food Safety and Back-to-School Fair' held at Pier One in the city, today, Friday, August 16.

The event was organised by the St James Public Health Services, as an extension of the agency's mandate to provide preventative and curative health care.

A team of doctors and nurses exposed the children to a number of health screenings and information in the company of their parents, including back-to-school medicals, immunisation shots and health education.

Parents were also exposed to a food handler's clinic, blood sugar and blood pressure checks as well as nutrition counselling.

Chief Public Health Inspector for St James,Lennox Wallace, noted that in addition to promoting food safety, the health department also prioritises the health of children.

He said the agency is ensuring that the youngsters in the parish have their medical forms completed and are ready for the start of the new school year in September.

“As a health facility, we want to bring it to them to ensure that not only do they observe food safety practices, but we want to use the opportunity to offer [free] health checks as well, so that they can go back to school healthy and ready to learn,” Wallace said.

Wallace noted that buses with children were shuttled from communities such as Norwood, Glendevon, Flanker and Salt Spring to the fair.

Parent, Olgaline Archie, said that the event was important to the people of St James, noting that “you can get your children to do their medical [check-ups] for free.”

“So, it's very good and important for the poor people who cannot find the money to go to the private doctor,” she said.

Other agencies in attendance included HEART Trust/NTA, Jamaica4-HClubs, Consumer Affairs Commission, Rural Agricultural Development Authority, Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (CPJ) and OrkinJamaica.


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