MONTEGO BAY — Thousands of residents of St. James and adjoining parishes are expected to benefit from free medical services, as the Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister Cities Health Mission stages its 18th annual visit to Jamaica next week.
Specialists in the fields of ophthalmology, gynAecology and obstetrics, paediatrics, internal medicine, dentistry, nursing and pharmacology will be offering their services during the three-day mission to be held from October 10 to 12 at the St. John’s Methodist Community Action Centre in Montego Bay. Clinic opening hours are
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.
Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Atlanta and Chairman of the Atlanta branch of the Sister Cities Committee, Hon. Vin Martin, and Health Director, Dr. Deborah Haynes, lead the team of 25 medical practitioners, nurses and non-medical volunteers, which arrives in Montego Bay on Saturday (October 8).
They will be hosted by the Chairman of the Local Sister Cities Committee, Metty Scarlett-Jones, under the auspices of the St. James Parish Council. The visiting medical team will be joined by local physicians, nurses and scores of non-medical volunteers.
The health mission, which started in 1993, came out of the twinning of the cities of Atlanta and Montego Bay in 1972.
Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Parish Council, Charles Sinclair, informed that approximately 40,000 residents of western Jamaica have benefitted from the clinics over the years, with some $60 million in medical supplies and services donated.
“It is certainly with great appreciation that we acknowledge the invaluable contribution that the medical volunteers have made over the years to our people through this programme. You have epitomised two key concepts associated with the field of health care – that of volunteerism and quality service,” he stated.
As part of its outreach effort, the Sister Cities Committee will be offering services to charities, Refuge of Hope, Albion Night Shelter, and the SOS Children’s Village.
By Glenis Rose, JIS Reporter