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  • Jamaica’s honorary consul to Atlanta, Jewel Scott, has praised the Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister Cities Health Mission for providing over US$80 million in medical supplies and services, and treating more than 47,000 patients over the past 20 years.
  • A total of 50 volunteers and medical personnel will journey to Montego Bay for the staging of the 21st health mission from October 6 – 9.
  • This is one of the main events staged to coincide with the annual commemoration of Montego Bay achieving city status in October 1980.

Jamaica’s honorary consul to Atlanta, Jewel Scott, has praised the Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister Cities Health Mission for providing over US$80 million in medical supplies and services, and treating more than 47,000 patients over the past 20 years.

“Each year, your health mission team comes together and your members and supporters give selflessly to address the healthcare needs of Montego Bay.  I want to thank and praise you for this remarkable, tangible expression of love for Jamaica,” she said.

“This assistance to Montego Bay, in the critical area of healthcare, represents a major contribution towards the nation’s health sector and therefore, towards the country’s development,” she added.

Mrs. Scott was addressing the Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister Cities 14th annual fundraising banquet held recently, at the Atlanta Marriott Century Hotel.

She had high praise for the sister cities committee as well as members of the medical team, whom she said, comprise some of the finest physicians, nurses and volunteers, who journey to Montego Bay every year, to deliver healthcare at no cost.

She also paid tribute to the late founder of the Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee and former Honorary Consul to Atlanta, Vin Martin. “He was truly a gentle giant whose life was the epitome of patriotism at its best, especially during his 16 years as Jamaica’s Honorary Consul in Atlanta,” she noted.

“As chairman of the Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee, he played an integral role in conceptualizing the annual volunteer mission to Montego Bay and in making it a reality.  He believed in doing whatever he could to advance initiatives to strengthen the economy, and educational, cultural and healthcare ties between the cities of Atlanta and Montego Bay,” she added.

A total of 50 volunteers and medical personnel will journey to Montego Bay for the staging of the 21st health mission from October 6 – 9.

The yearly health mission is undertaken in association with the St. James Parish Council and is facilitated by the St. James health department.

This is one of the main events staged to coincide with the annual commemoration of Montego Bay achieving city status in October 1980.