JIS News

Residents of the greater Mandeville communities of Greenvale, George Reid, Hatfield, Mike Town, Balvenie, Brumalia and Dunrobin are being invited to participate in the annual health week activities being organised by the Andrews Memorial United Church in Manchester.
The week of observance will be held from Sunday, October 9 to Friday, October 14 on the church grounds situated at the corner of West Road and Ward Avenue. Technical Coordinator for the event, Ouida Rowe, told JIS News that, “this is in fact the second time that we are staging this event as part of our mission to attend to the needs of the whole man, not just the spiritual”.
She informed that activities, which are being held under the theme ‘Healthy in Body, Mind and Soul,’ would begin on Sunday with a service at the church. Dr. Ivy Turner-Jones will be the guest speaker, while medical officer of health for the parish, Dr. Beverley Wright and Dr. Michael Coombs, Director of the Southern Regional Health Authority, will bring greetings.
Residents will also benefit from a series of health talks during the week. “These talks will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. On Monday, the topics will be alternative medicine and cancer, obesity and cholesterol; Tuesday it will be about depression, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease and on Wednesday, it will be eye problems,” Mr. Rowe indicated.
The highlight of the week will be the health day clinic on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. “We will have a number of medical practitioners in attendance and the wellness mobile clinic will also be there to conduct various tests but the most important unit that will be present will be the mobile mammography unit which will be conducting tests for breast cancer.
“I encouraged all the ladies to come out as early as possible as this unit may only be able to do a little over 30 examinations for the day, so we have to operate on a first come first serve basis,” she said.In terms of cost to the participants, Mrs. Rowe noted that the church was making every effort to keep the fee at a minimum.
“What is good is that most of the participants in the various activities are rendering their services free of cost and our partners such as the Jamaica Cancer Society recognise the fact that most of the people who they will be seeking to help come from poor circumstances. In most cases, the regular cost is being under written by a sponsor .we will not turn anyone away who does not have the ability to pay.we expect to be very busy as on the last occasion our doctors saw over 70 patients for the day,” she told JIS News.
Mrs. Rowe informed that Friday, the final day of the exercise, was being set aside to deal with many of the issues currently facing young people.”Our specialists will on this day, deal with the importance of eating healthy, the dangers associated with body piercing and tattooing. On this day, we hope that as many of the youth from the surrounding communities will make the effort to attend,” she said.