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US Medical Mission to assist Kingston, St Mary and St Ann residents

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 | 1:27 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Residents in the parishes of Kingston, St Ann and St Mary are to receive much-needed medical attention free of cost from a United States-based Medical Mission.

Scheduled to run from Thursday, June 5 to Wednesday, June 11, more than 120 medical practitioners, including doctors, dentists, optometrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and pharmacists will set up clinics in the three parishes.

At a press briefing at LASCO Distributors in St Catherine Tuesday, Executive Chairman of LASCO Lascelles Chin urged corporate Jamaica and the Government to lend greater support to the programme that has benefited more than 65,000 Jamaicans since it started in 2001.

Led by Jamaican-born Don Daley, the mission visits twice per year. Outside of receiving diagnosis for respiratory illnesses, hypertension, diabetes, vision impairment, skin conditions, allergies among other ailments, patients will also be able to get their prescriptions filled free of cost.

LASCO has committed to providing logistical support and supplies from its pharmaceuticals division.

Meanwhile, Angela Garcia, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Nova SouthEastern University and an eight-year member of the mission told OBSERVER ONLINE that the team, each year, returns to the same locations to provide medical services.

Some of the locations the team is to visit include: Four Square, Cassia Park; Mandela Centre, Hagley Park Road; the Tower Street Correction Facility; and the Maxfield Avenue Health Centre all in Kingston, as well as Flint River Clinic, and Marlborough in St Mary.

Anika Richards

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