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Former Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Barry Wint, who died on September 7, has been remembered by his colleagues at the Ministry as a warm, unassuming, humble man, who gave selfless service to advancing eye care health service to underprivileged Jamaicans.
Health Minister, Horace Dalley, who was speaking at the first year anniversary of the Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Programme on September 8, recalled Dr. Wint as, “one of the quietest persons that you could ever find, but one of the most influential, warm and sincere persons you could ever meet”.
“Whenever you are in a meeting and the situation becomes rough, there was a very calm and authoritative voice from Barry that would keep things level,” the Minister said.
He disclosed that the Health Ministry, in due course, would pay its respect to Dr. Wint.
Also paying tribute was Acting CMO, Dr. Sheila Campbell-Forrester, who cited the deceased as, “a very special person”.
She said prior to the implementation of the Eye Care Programme, “he was concerned about eye care for people and I recall sitting with him on several occasions when he wanted to do a survey of the whole island, to see how many people had cataracts, because he was intent on doing something for people in this country to prevent blindness”.
“He was really a very humble and unassuming person,” Dr. Campbell- Forrester said.
Dr. Wint served in various capacities on several Boards and organisations in the health sector, including Member of the Council of Medical Association of Jamaica; Member of the Medical Council of Jamaica; Chairman of the Central Health Committee; Chairman of the Quarantine Authority and Board member of the University Hospital of the West Indies.