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  • Medical Officer of Health at the St. James Public Health Services, Dr. Marcia Graham, has lauded the Montego Bay/Atlanta Sister Cities Vin Martin Memorial Health Mission, which is delivering quality health care to thousands of citizens across western Jamaica.
  • Highlighting a noticeable expansion of the annual health fair, in which five rural communities have been added to the outreach of this year’s programme, Dr. Graham said that the current initiative must be lauded, as many of the marginalized from some deep rural areas have greater likelihood of accessing this needed medical service.
  • The four-day Health Mission comes to an end on October 8.

Medical Officer of Health at the St. James Public Health Services, Dr. Marcia Graham, has lauded the Montego Bay/Atlanta Sister Cities Vin Martin Memorial Health Mission, which is delivering quality health care to thousands of citizens across western Jamaica.

Highlighting a noticeable expansion of the annual health fair, in which five rural communities have been added to the outreach of this year’s programme, Dr. Graham said that the current initiative must be lauded, as many of the marginalized from some deep rural areas have greater likelihood of accessing this needed medical service.

“The motto for the Western Regional Health Authorities is ‘Healthy families living in healthy communities’ and this initiative of the Health Mission helps us to reach some of the clients who would have had to wait a little longer in the public health sector, to access some of the specialist health care being offered by the Mission,” Dr. Graham told JIS News.

She reiterated that in addition to the base (St. John Methodist Church Action Centre), from which the main activities of the Health Mission are being executed, five teams of medical personnel are being deployed to five health facilities in order for more persons to benefit from the services offered.

“This initiative of bringing health care to the people where they are is having a very important impact on these rural communities and we welcome and appreciate the partnership of this venture and wish the Health Mission continued success,” Dr. Graham said.

Chairman of the Atlanta Sister Cities Committee, Fred Smith, also had words of commendation for members of the Health Mission who have joined the various teams coming to Jamaica year after year, at great cost to their individual practices.

“These health professionals all join in various fund raising ventures across Atlanta each year in preparation for the annual health mission.  Some of them also have contacts with big organizations and pharmaceutical companies, receiving cash donations as well as gifts of medicine, which are taken here and distributed through the mission,” Mr. Smith told JIS News.

He informed that collectively, the team members have brought down some US$180,000.00 worth of medicine and other  items.

The four-day Health Mission comes to an end on October  8.