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As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, CARI-MED Limited has joined forces with the Child Development Agency (CDA) to dispatch its Colgate Mobile clinic to four children’s home across the island.
“CARI-MED has a strong desire to make a significant and positive contribution to Jamaican youth development, especially those children who are less fortunate. It is important that we deal with the youth as they are our future,” Chief Executive Officer of CARI-MED, Glen Christian said at a press briefing held today (Oct. 12) at the offices of CARI-MED on Lady Musgrave Road, to announce the initiative.
The Colgate Mobile Dental clinic carries out an exercise called the ‘Bright Smiles, Bright Futures’ school dental programme, and this is endorsed by the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Education and Youth.
The Colgate Mobile Clinic will be visiting the Musgrave Home for Girls, the Marigold Children’s Home, the Maxfield Park Children’s Home and the Glenhope Place of Safety. The mobile clinic will also visit Burke’s Basic School.
“The dental nurses are supplied by the Ministry of Health and through our effort they will visit and they will give talks, as well as samples of toothbrushes and toothpaste. Screening will be done, videos will be shown from time to time to show these children how to care for their teeth,” informed Mr. Christian.
Meanwhile, Director of Human Resource Management and Administration at the CDA, Rosalee Gage-Grey, said she was grateful to CARI-MED for initiating the partnership, and allowing the homes to benefit from the dental care service.
“We are excited for the children who will benefit under this initiative. Under the Child Care and Protection Act all of us as adults have a duty to ensure that children are provided with health care, and this does not preclude children living in residential facilities,” said Mrs. Gage-Grey. “We are confident that each child will learn more about the importance of dental hygiene and how to maintain strong healthy teeth,” she added.
Dr. Irvin McKenzie, Director of Dental Services at the Ministry of Health said he was pleased that CARI-MED and the CDA had decided to partner in this cause.
“When you look at childhood diseases in Jamaica dental diseases represent a significant problem in the childhood age group. When a child suffers from dental caries that child miss several opportunities to play, to smile and they spend so much time at the dentist for dental care,” said Dr. McKenzie.
The mobile clinic is scheduled to visit the children’s home and the Burke’s Basic school from October 17 to 26, some 300 children are expected to benefit from this joint venture.