Career & Education

Sagicor Foundation hosts health tour for adopted schools

Sunday, February 11, 2018

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SAGICOR Foundation has set the tone right for the 2018 school term by hosting its back-to-school health tour for its three adopted schools –AME Basic School in Clarendon, D'Frank Early Childhood Institution in Manchester, and Haughton Grove Early Childhood Institution in Hanover.

The tour was held on January 25, 26 and 29, respectively, and over 120 children across the three schools received free health checks conducted by the Sagicor wellness team of nurses. Hearing and vision tests were carried out along with oxygen saturation examinations.

With health and education being the primary focus of Sagicor Foundation, the health tour is an annual activity on the foundation's calendar for its adopted schools.

“The Sagicor Foundation believes it is important to do these health checks at an early age so there is a greater chance of identifying any potential health risks for our children. Healthy students are better able to perform in school, and we want to ensure that our young ones are in the right condition to learn, grow and flourish,” said Alysia White, assistant vice-president, group marketing, Sagicor Group Jamaica.

Annette Shaw-Robb, principal of Haughton Grove Early Childhood Institution, was very appreciative of the foundation's initiative.

“It was a pleasure to have the Sagicor wellness team visit our school for the day. The children enjoyed themselves immensely, especially when they were able to tour the Sagicor health bus. The tests were conducted in a safe and familiar environment, so this allowed them to be very comfortable with the visiting medical team. I believe it will go a long way to instil a more positive outlook in our students towards health and health professionals.”

In addition to the medical tests, children were treated to back-to-school items including lunch kits, pencil cases and notebooks.

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