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  • An additional 2,000 St. James residents are benefitting from health and outreach services being provided by the Montego Bay/Atlanta Sister Cities Vin Martin Memorial Health Mission.
  • Director of the annual health mission, Dr. Yvonne Smith, told JIS News that assistance has been extended to five additional communities this year. These are Green Pond, Barrett Town, Lottery, Maroon Town and Somerton.
  • She also informed that the health team has partnered with the St. James Infirmary and will be treating the residents and providing the facility with wheelchairs, walkers, toiletries, clothing and money.

An additional 2,000 St. James residents are benefitting from health and outreach services being provided by the Montego Bay/Atlanta Sister Cities Vin Martin Memorial Health Mission.

Director of the annual health mission, Dr. Yvonne Smith, told JIS News that assistance has been extended to five additional communities this year. These are Green Pond, Barrett Town, Lottery, Maroon Town and Somerton.

The four-day health mission got underway on Monday (October 5) at the  St. John Methodist Church Action Centre.

Among the services being provided are internal medicine, paediatrics, Pap smears,  dental and optical, with eyeglasses provided for those in need.

Dr. Smith said that in addition to the team of medical/health professionals at the centre “we have outreach teams that will be going into areas outside of the city to assist those who might not be able to travel down into Montego Bay.”

She also informed that the health team has partnered with the St. James Infirmary and will be treating the residents and providing the facility with wheelchairs, walkers, toiletries, clothing and money.

Dr. Smith told JIS News that the Montego Bay/Atlanta Health Mission team, comprised of medical professionals from across the United States of America, is for the first time benefitting from the services of a medical doctor from the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Web.

 

Senior Superintendent of Police in Charge of Area 1, Steve McGregor, commended the Montego Bay/Atlanta Health Mission for the “tremendous show of love and committed service” to St. James over the years, noting that thousands of lives have been impacted for good.

“I am happy to see that there are still people, who believe in committed service.  We have people, who have been helping us here in Jamaica, many of whom are not Jamaicans … and for over 22 years, they have been giving committed service in this way,” he noted.

He contended that “if we partner in a lot of other ways, we would…truly solve this social problem we have here called crime.”