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Hundreds turn out for Campbell's medicals

Sunday, August 17, 2014    

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HUNDREDS of children from within and outside of North West St Ann have been visiting clinics run by Member of Parliament for the area, Dr Dayton Campbell to have their free medicals done.

Dr Campbell is in the third year of the medical programme that sees him and other medical personnel volunteering their service to provide free back-to-school medicals for the residents of his constituency.

Dr Campbell told the Jamaica Observer that he did 958 in the first year, followed by 1,562 last year, and up to 1,282 up to yesterday. The back-to-school medical programme will continue through August 28.

"It was primarily designed for the constituents of North West St Ann, but we would not turn back children who come from other constituencies," Dr Campbell told the Sunday Observer yesterday.

"In fact, we have done over 30 medicals on children from outside of the constituency, some have even come from Trelawny," Dr Campbell said.

Dr Campbell is assisted by a group of doctors, nurses and other volunteers who travel to a different community each day to offer their services free of charge.

The MP said that the project was developed to alleviate some of the financial hardships being faced by parents and that it gives them an opportunity to spend from the limited resources on other items such as books or uniform. He gave an example of a parent with four children in school who saved $10,000.

Government agencies like PATH and the Registrar General's Department joined Campbell at a few of the medicals and residents were further able to benefit.

Food For the Poor has also contributed some back-to-school supplies that will be given to the students.

Campbell expressed thanks to the organisations that have contributed and encouraged more businesses to partner to put the best of Jamaica's warm, caring spirit on display.

For the free medicals, parents are only asked to turn up with their child, the youngster's immunisation card and medical forms.

Children are given general checks inclusive of weight, height, visual acuity, blood pressure, urine dipstick and referrals are made if so indicated from the evaluation.

Campbell has pledged to continue the project for as long as he is around and in good health.

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