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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has hailed the 2014 Hanover Medical Mission as an example of the kind of partnership that is important in strengthening Jamaica’s public health system.
  • The Prime Minister said it reinforces the importance of taking critical services to the people where they live.
  • The medical team will be providing free medical care to residents of several communities in Hanover from November 10 to 14.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has hailed the 2014 Hanover Medical Mission as an example of the kind of partnership that is important in strengthening Jamaica’s public health system.

Speaking at a reception at the Grand Palladium Resort in Hanover on Saturday, November 8, to launch the medical mission, the Prime Minister said it reinforces the importance of taking critical services to the people where they live.

The medical team will be providing free medical care to residents of several communities in Hanover from November 10 to 14.

“I know the people of Diaz, Sandy Bay, Green Island, Cave Valley, Grange, Kendal and Cascade will be very happy to receive you and will make you feel welcome and comfortable. In fact, if there is any drawback, it is that they will not want you to leave. I want to use this opportunity to thank all members of the team, who will hold these clinics as well as perform surgeries,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

She expressed the hope that the services of the medical team will extend to other parishes in the future.

The health mission is comprised of some 30 United States (US)-based doctors, many of whom have Caribbean heritage, who will be providing their services free of cost.

In addition to general health services at clinics, major surgeries will be performed at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St. James and at the Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny.

The visit of the medical team is under the patronage of Most Hon. Errald Miller, who is the Prime Minister’s husband.

He informed that clinics will be staged in Cave Valley, Sandy Bay, Green Island, Dias, Grange/Kendal and Cascade, and at the Grand Palladium Resort in Lucea, while some 60 operations will be done at the two hospitals.

Mr. Miller said there is a commitment that every patient, who is seen during the mission, will receive one month’s supply of medication, if required.

The mission has received support from a number of private and public sector entities including Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Grand Palladium Resort, Jamaica Tours Limited, Jamaicans Caring for Jamaicans, Chukka Caribbean Adventures, Dolphin Cove and Digicel Jamaica.

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