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  • The Half-Way-Tree Road headquarters of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) was recently transformed into a wellness zone, where employees of the agency and nearby entities benefited from health checks and presentations on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes.
  • The health and wellness exposition and workshop, held in observance of World Diabetes Day on November 14, involved partnership with Massy Distribution (Jamaica) Limited.
  • The workshop was open to employees of several government agencies, including National Housing Trust (NHT), National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), KIA Motors, and Chelsea Jerk Centre.

The Half-Way-Tree Road headquarters of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) was recently transformed into a wellness zone, where employees of the agency and nearby entities benefited from health checks and presentations on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes.

The health and wellness exposition and workshop, held in observance of World Diabetes Day on November 14, involved partnership with Massy Distribution (Jamaica) Limited.

A heavy downpour did not prevent the steady stream of persons to the parking lot of the annex building, to access the full range of services and products that were being offered.

Under the protective cover of large tents, over 100 persons received glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol tests, as well as height and weight checks.

There were also informative presentations and discussions on diabetes from health and medical personnel, including proper nutrition and foot care.

Several display booths were also mounted, showcasing Massy Distribution’s brands such as Abbott Diabetes Care, Pharmatex, Genethics, Boost, Seven Seas, Dr. Scholl’s and Bumble Bee.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer at JIS, Ian Boyne, who addressed the opening, noted that such public/private partnership is important especially in a vital area such as healthcare.

“Health is critical to productivity and is not just integral to our work as an agency but …also to support the development goals of Jamaica as well as to promote the welfare of our staff,” he said.

Director, Human Resources at the JIS, Bernita Locke, said the staging of the event was a no brainer” as a “healthy staff is more productive.” She said the event coincides with plans by the agency to launch a health programme.

Videographer at JIS, Anthony Fisher, who has a family history of diabetes, said the venture was well appreciated as it showed that the well-being of employees is important to the agency.

“I want to congratulate the JIS for taking on this initiative. It shows that this is an organization that cares for the health of its employees because without healthy employees, the organization is nothing,” he expressed, while also commending the involvement of Massy Distribution.

Michael Samuels, another JIS employee, also welcomed the event, noting that it saved him a visit to the doctor.

“It is not often that we, as workers, get the time to go to the doctor for our regular check-up and so really, I appreciate this expo,” he shared.

Dorothy Sterling, a senior citizen, who has been suffering from Type 2 diabetes for the past 10 years, said she “learnt what to eat and what not to eat” and through the presentations she is now better equipped to take care for herself.

Commercial Manager, Pharmaceutical and Health Care Division at Massy Distribution, Maxine Findlay, said the partnership with JIS was a “huge success” as the information shared was new to some persons.

“Some persons did not realize that we were able to do so many different tests apart from the blood glucose tests. Persons mentioned to me that the presentations were so clear. You did not have to know medical terminology in order to know what was being discussed. They also realized that it is not just about medication but also about nutrition as well as how you care for yourself,” she shared.

The workshop was open to employees of several government agencies, including National Housing Trust (NHT), National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), KIA Motors, and Chelsea Jerk Centre.

 

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