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Residents of two communities in Clarendon are now enjoying improved health services through a community health programme being funded by the Jamalco Alumina Refinery.
Under the programme, Jamalco is providing $1 million annually to underwrite the cost of the services of a medical doctor and an additional registered nurse at the Raymonds Type 2 Health Centre to serve the community on Wednesday of each week, and an additional community health aide at the Bottom Halse Hall Type 1 Health Centre, who will work one day per week in the community.
The initiative is being implemented in collaboration with the Clarendon Health Department.
Dr. Luis Rodriques-Noa and public health nurse, Maxine McKenzie-Campbell, began work at the Raymonds Health Centre on Wednesday (Nov. 2) after a short ceremony to officially introduce them to the community.
Jamalco’s Public Relations and Communications Manager, Blossom Laidlaw, in her remarks at the ceremony, thanked the Clarendon Health Department and the sub-committee of the Refinery Community Council, for partnering with the company to provide this additional service to the community.
She encouraged the committee to continue its cooperation with the Health Department to further improve health services to the communities. “Now the real work is starting. The committee has to meet with the health authorities to make sure that the needs of the community are being met,” she stated.
Michael Bent, Parish Manager at the Clarendon Health Department, reminded the residents that health care was costly and urged them to support the health workers and make good use of the services provided.
He also encouraged them to “make use of the benefits under the National Health Fund and the Jamaica Drugs for the Elderly Programme (JADEP) that are available for prescription drugs so that they can access health benefits offered under these programmes”.
Parish Councillor for the Hayes Division, Scean Barnswell, reminded the residents to make use of pharmacies at the Lionel Town and May Pen hospitals, where they could fill prescriptions at a cheaper rate than at private pharmacies.
Margaret Fisher, a Raymonds’ resident, thanked Jamalco and the Clarendon Health Department for their efforts to upgrade the health services in the community.
During the ceremony, Jamalco presented three fans to the Bottom Halse Hall Health Centre for use in the waiting area and in the offices.
Some 8,000 persons are served by the Raymonds Health Centre, which offers curative, dental, child health and community health services. The Bottom Halse Hall Clinic, which serves some 4,000 persons, provides antenatal, postnatal, child health and community health care. The Raymonds Health Centre operates five days per week while the Bottom Halse Hall Clinic serves the community four days monthly.