A new health clinic has been opened in the East Queen Street area of downtown Kingston to cater to the needs of the inner-city residents.
The building, situated at the corner of Higholborn Street once housed a similar facility. It was donated to the charity group, Missionaries of the Poor, and was subsequently renovated by the Brothers into a new clinic.
Brother Barry John Paul told JIS News that funding for the renovation was made possible by both the German and Canadian embassies. He said the clinic, which was officially opened on Tuesday (April 13), will be opened to the public every Thursday, at no charge.
Wife of the Prime Minster, Mrs. Lorna Golding, shares a light moment with Superior General, Missionaries of the Poor, Father Richard Ho Lung, at the opening and blessing of the Missionaries of the Poor Medical Clinic and Faith Centre on East Queen Street, downtown, Kingston, today (April 13).
Brother John Paul, a Registered Nurse from the Philippines who is licensed to work in Jamaica, also explained that the facility will be staffed by volunteer doctors from the University Hospital of West Indies, the Kingston Public Hospital and private medical practitioners.
“We will only have general practitioners at first but, after things pick up, we are planning on having specialists,” he said. He added that there are also plans to transfer the organisation’s dental clinic from Bethlehem Home, Higholborn Street to the new facility.
The facility houses three consultation rooms, a prayer room and a small chapel which will be used for counseling and for patients who wish to pray while waiting to see the doctor. There is also a doctors’ lounge, a registration area and seven bathrooms.
Superior General, Missionaries of the Poor, Father Richard Ho Lung (right), blesses the newly opened Missionaries of the Poor Medical Clinic and Faith Centre on East Queen Street, downtown, Kingston, by sprinkling the floors with holy water, today (April 13).
“This clinic will be catering mostly to (individuals) from the (surrounding) neighbourhood. They can come for their blood pressure checks, blood sugar tests or anything,” Brother John Paul noted.
He said the need was great and that they are expecting a high user turnout, adding that more than 90 people have already been registered to see the doctor as of next week.
Brother John Paul noted that the facility is solely run on volunteerism and the donations of doctors, various distributors of medical supplies and pharmacies.
“We get our medication from distributors and pharmacies that are willing to help out,” he said.