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Approximately 300 residents from Springfield and surrounding areas in South St. James on Thursday (Jan. 25) benefited from free health checks at a health fair held on the grounds of the Springfield Primary School.
The event was staged by the Organization for International Development (OID), a charitable group based in New York, United States, which is chaired by Jamaican dental surgeon, Dr. Roy Street.
The medical team, which has been in Jamaica for the last two weeks, has held similar health fairs in Mandeville, Manchester; Silent Hill, Clarendon; Spanish Town, St. Catherine; Accompong Town, St. James; and is scheduled to visit Maryland in Hanover.
The health services are offered from a US$180, 000 mobile medical and dental suite, which was financed by Vincent Hosang, a Jamaican businessman and philanthropist also living in New York.
Dr. Street described as tremendous, the response of the residents of the beneficiary communities, to the care offered by the medical team. He said that persons, who may need follow-up care, would be referred to the nearest health clinic.
Turning to the charity work of the OID, Dr. Street told JIS News that the organization, now in its 17th year of existence, was founded with the main aim of giving back to the community.
He expressed the hope that youngsters on “seeing us doing something like this, that as they grow and whatever profession they get into, they will come back into their communities. They do not necessarily have to be doctors or nurses, but in whatever way they can help, it is important for them to look at what we do and follow our example.”
Dr. Street, expressed gratitude for the level of government support shown for the project, especially with the clearing of equipment and supplies.