300 Old Harbour Bay residents get free health screening
100 persons received cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure tests and vision screening.
Over 300 Old Harbour Bay residents benefited from several medical services at a health and wellness fair organized by the Jamaica Energy Partners at the Old Harbour Bay Primary School last Saturday.
Among the serviced delivered were vision screening, blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol checks, dental services, child immunizations, pap smears, breast examinations, medical examinations and HIV and STI tests as well as the provision of medication.
Dr. Tamu Davidson, Director of the Non-Communicable Diseases and Injuries Prevention Unit at the Ministry of Health attended and delivered an address during the Health Fair. She noted the rise of non-communicable disease among Jamaicans.
“Certainly NCDs are the major killer in Jamaica today. We therefore, see this Health Fair implemented by Jamaica Energy Partners as supporting our efforts to provide resources to promote health and wellness and to talk about prevention and secondary prevention including screening and early identification of persons who may have an NCD, so they can get into a programme to address the problem,” Dr. Davidson said.
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) has accounted for 70 percent of deaths over the past three decades according to the Ministry of Health.
Wayne McKenzie, President and CEO of JEP and affiliate company, West Kingston Power Partners, highlighted the need for accessibility to healthcare among low and middle income households:
“We at JEP recognize that there is limited access to healthcare for residents as some cannot manage the financial burden of regular doctor’s visits. We also acknowledge the social and economic value of a healthy population and strive to provide community members with these much needed services. The health of our population begins at the community level and we hope to make a meaningful contribution in this regard, through our Health and Wellness Fair,” he said.
Residents were served by a cadre of volunteers, including medical students who have received scholarships from the company, twenty volunteers with the Jamaica Outreach Ministries including two dentists and a pharmacist, dental hygienists, volunteers from the Diabetes Association of Jamaica and JEP staff members. Non medical partners included Sagicor, VMBS, PICA, Registrar General’s Department, NCDA, NHF and the Jamaica Fire Brigade.
Approximately 78 residents received general medicals; 116 received dental services; 62 received pap smears, HIV and urine tests and 100 persons received cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure tests and vision screening.
The Health Fair was open and free to all residents of the Old Harbour Bay community and its environs