Over 100 residents get subsidised pharmaceuticals at JEP health fair
The Old Harbour Bay residents received standard blood pressure/glucose/urine tests, as well as their height and weight before sitting with the doctor.
Old Harbour Bay Primary School, home of Jamaica Energy Partners' Health and Wellness Fair for the past five years, was transformed again on June 12 to accommodate the residents of Old Harbour Bay who registered to receive free medical consultations.
Due to COVID-19, the company executed this year's staging by appointment only to ensure appropriate social distancing practices among residents, doctors and volunteers.
This was complemented by access to masks, face shields and multiple sanitising stations, guaranteeing the safety of all.
After the mandatory temperature check and hand sanitisation process, all residents received standard blood pressure/glucose/urine tests, as well as height and weight checks, before sitting with the doctor.
The team of doctors included general practitioners, a pediatric resident and an obstetrician/gynaecologist.
Following each visit, volunteers led those who received prescriptions to the pharmacy area, where the pharmacy technician/pharmacist scanned and sent their scripts to Pharmacy Plus located in Old Harbour Bay.
Jamaica Energy Partners gifted all residents $2,500 towards the total cost of their pharmaceuticals. The company spent a little over $221,000 for prescription drugs for all residents.
JEP Health Fair June 2020
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Residents also received giveaways, which included diabetic starter kits, eyeglasses, hygiene kits, lip balms, walkers/rollators, pain medication and skin ointments courtesy of Food for the Poor. The National Health Fund also provided gift bags with fabric totes, water bottles, pens, notebooks, pill counters and stress balls.
The energy group concluded the health fair around 6 pm after the last doctor, Dr Camille Davidson, completed a medical consultation with the final patient for the day - bringing to 112 the total number of residents served.
“We laud the efforts of all doctors, pharmacists and volunteers, the Family Planning, PICA and RGD teams who made this event, no matter how small, a great success. They joined us in demonstrating the usual kindness to the people of Old Harbour Bay and the true spirit of volunteerism,” JEP said in a press release.