JIS News

The Organisation for International Development (OID), a New York-based Jamaican Diaspora group, will stage its annual medical mission to Jamaica from January 20 to 28, to offer free health services to needy persons in communities across the island.
The outreach activities will get underway with a health fair in the maroon community of Accompong, St. Elizabeth on January 20, where dental and medical services will be provided.
Jamaican Dr. Roy Streete, who is the founder of OID, told JIS News that the medical team will also visit Crofts Hill, Clarendon; Harmons and Royal Flat in Manchester; Springfield, St. James; Maryland, Hanover and communities in Kingston and St. Catherine, before departing the island.
He informed that this year, the work of the OID team will be assisted by support personnel from the American-based Provident Clinical Society (PCS). “PCS is now headed by another Jamaican, Dr. Dexter McKenzie. We think that this partnership will be of great advantage to not only Jamaica, but the wider world,” he said.
Dr. McKenzie, for his part, has expressed delight at the opportunity to give back to his homeland.
“This collaboration represents the initiation of what we are confident will be a sustained relationship for humanitarian health care relief, not only in Jamaica but on a global scale. Both organizations have wonderful legacies and are committed to service for the underserved, so it is only fitting that we find ways to complement each other’s strengths in order to realize a more substantive and sustained effect,” he stated.
Accompong Maroon Chief, Colonel Sidney Peddie, in the meantime, told JIS News that the maroon community was looking forward to the visit of the medical team.”OID has been coming here for a number of years now and as is our custom, the Maroon Council will be going all out to show our appreciation for the excellent work that they have been doing,” Colonel Peddie said.He encouraged persons from adjoining communities to attend the health fair.
OID, which began in 1990, has remained committed to promoting the spirit of benevolence as well as preserving the health and well-being of the needy throughout the Jamaican Diaspora.