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Many elderly and indigent persons in Bath, St. Thomas, received free health checks and screening at a recent health fair, held at the Bath Primary and Junior High School.
The fair was put on by ‘Judy M’ Music Ministries, in collaboration with the Lions Club, the Jamaica Diabetes Association, FISH, and the Ministry of Health/National HIV/AIDS Committee.
Member of Parliament for the area, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, praised the efforts of the organizers, noting that the health fair offered persons in Bath an opportunity to know their true health status.
“The fair has probably saved many lives, as many persons who came would not have been aware that they’re diabetic or hypertensive or had some other debilitating disease,” he said.
“It is for that reason the health fair is important, especially for persons in these rural communities, as it helps in creating awareness for good health,” he added.
Principal of the Bath Primary and Junior High School, Eslin Malcolm, told JIS news that she was pleased to have made the school available for the hosting of the health fair.
“There are many retired elderly persons in the community of Bath who cannot afford the cost of health care or the services offered in outlying towns, requiring them to travel far distances, so the fair being held in their neighbourhood is a great benefit to them,” she said.
Persons who took advantage of the health fair received eye and HIV screening, checks for hypertension and diabetes and how to groom the hands and feet. They also received food packages, including rice, flour, sugar, oil and biscuits.