JIS News

Scores of residents of Free Hill, St. Mary, received treatment for various illnesses on Wednesday (February16), at a clinic organized through the efforts of Rotary Clubs in Jamaica and the United States of America.

The clinic, held at the Free Hill United Church, was sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Ocho Rios and St. Mary in Jamaica, in partnership with the Rotary Club of North Kansas in the U.S.

The initiative was one of a series of activities conducted in communities of St. Mary, through the programme of cooperation between the three clubs, to provide medical assistance for the parish.

Among the ailments for which persons were examined and treated were hypertension, diabetes, eye defects, arthritis, conditions affecting the heart and dental defects. During the clinic, persons suffering from vision defects were either provided with reading glasses or referred to other doctors for specialized treatment, while treatment for dental defects was limited to extractions.

This is the 13th consecutive year of the initiative, and among the communities it has already been held are Wood Park, Retreat, Islington and Port Maria.

Speaking to JIS News during the clinic, Dr. April Wilson, described it as an outstanding success, pointing out that the treatment will go a far way in enabling beneficiaries to lead healthy lives.

She said every effort is being made to ensure that persons treated for illnesses follow up with visits to health facilities or their personal doctors, to ensure good health. She added that it was an excellent example of what can be achieved when organizations pool their resources.

Past President of the Rotary Club of Ocho Rios, Oliver Green, said his club was proud to be associated with the project, and expressed appreciation to the people of St. Mary for the positive response they have given to the initiative.


Contact:  Aston Bailey

Port Antonio Regional