Medical Mission in Hanover and St. James Nov. 9-13

Story Highlights

  • Scores of residents from Hanover and St. James are expected to benefit from a five-day medical mission from the North East Florida Medical Society.
  • The 57-member delegation will visit Jamaica from November 9-13 and will offer primary, gynaecolological, pain management and dental care with pharmacy provision in select health centres.
  • The mission is being sponsored locally by the Jamaica Tourist Board, The Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort and Spa, Jamaica Tours Ltd., Jamaicans Caring for Jamaicans and Digicel Jamaica.

Scores of residents from Hanover and St. James are expected to benefit from a five-day medical mission from the North East Florida Medical Society.

The 57-member delegation will visit Jamaica from November 9-13 and will offer primary, gynaecolological, pain management and dental care with pharmacy provision in select health centres.

Patron of the event, the Most Honourable Errald Miller, told JIS News that the mission is significant, adding that members of the group, including  surgeons, doctors, pain specialists, dentists, general practitioners are likely to see in excess of the over 820 patients that were seen in 2014.

“Last year we did about 60 operations, mainly gynaecological, and saw more than 700 people plus another 120 dental patients. This year we will do significantly more as the medical team has grown from just over 40 to almost 60 persons,” Mr. Miller said.

He explained that some surgeries will be accommodated at the Falmouth Hospital  “so patients will have to be bussed to and from Falmouth.”

“It is a significant contribution for the poorer folks, some of whom have not been to the doctor for a while, although they have a fairly good clinic programme in Hanover,” he added.

Mr. Miller said it also  presents an opportunity for persons in Hanover to see more doctors and in particular specialists at the clinics, as the mission is targeted at people who cannot afford medical care and that the team will go beyond just attending to the patients.

“We are going to be in nearly all the clinics in Hanover and not only will they see patients, but they will give them one month’s supply of their prescription, free of cost,” he noted.

Services will be offered at clinics in the communities of Sandy Bay, Askenish, Lucea, Green Island, Ramble, Hopewell, Dias, Cascade, Chester Castle, Grange, Kendal and Granville.

In addition to the general service at the clinics, major surgeries will also be offered to pre-selected candidates using facilities at Noel Holmes, Cornwall Regional and Falmouth Hospitals.

Mr. Miller said that the team will also be donating equipment, and that in the past the group had given equipment, such as a laporoscope, blood pressure monitors and surgical equipment.

Project Co-ordinator, Ariel Dawn Duncan, said that the week-long mission has the support of local and foreign wellness professionals.

“As such, we have advised local healthcare providers to expect and prepare for an even greater turn-out from the communities being serviced,” she advised.

The mission is being sponsored locally by the Jamaica Tourist Board, The Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort and Spa, Jamaica Tours Ltd., Jamaicans Caring for Jamaicans and Digicel Jamaica.

Members of the public are being invited to contact the Western Regional Office of the Jamaica Tourist Board for information on how to participate in the mission.

The North East Florida Medical Society is an organization of physicians and a registered component society of Region Three of the United States National Medical Association. Members of  the group, most of whom are second or third generation Caribbean Americans, are giving back to Jamaica in appreciation of their heritage.

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