Kiwanis health fair delivers free medical care to people of Red Hills

Sunday, June 24, 2018

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Over 200 residents of the Red Hills area of St Andrew West Rural received free medical care at the annual Red Hills Health and Wellness Fair held at the Red Hills Clinic and Red Hills Basic School last Saturday.

The event, which was co-ordinated by the Kiwanis Clubs of West St Andrew in a fourth joint project between the Kiwanis Club of Meadowvale and the American West Indian Medical Association Inc, was created to promote health within the Red Hills community.

This year's 15th staging of the health fair also sought to sensitise residents about the need to make healthier lifestyle choices, which is a critical element of preventative health care.

Residents accessed medical and dental care, HIV and syphilis testing, and eye screening, along with a variety of other services at the event. The breakdown of the 205 beneficiaries were: 78 — eye testing; 29 children — dental; 24 adults — dental care; 24 — general practitioner; 18 — gynaecologist; 19 — HIV testing; seven — urologist; six — paediatric doctor.

Anthony Lettman, president of the Kiwanis Club of West Andrew, expressed gratitude to the stakeholders who assisted in making this year's event a meaningful contribution to the Red Hills community.

“Kiwanis Clubs exist to serve. For more than 10 years this has been a signature project in the community. We realised theneed to improve the health of the residents in communities, in particular the children. This was a joint project between the Kiwanis Clubs of West St Andrew and Meadowvale, with the assistance of some notable sponsors. We would, therefore, like to extend our deep appreciation to the entire medical team and support personnel as well as our local sponsors,” Lettman said.

This year, the American West Indian Medical Association Incorporative overseas medical team provided three medical doctors — a gynaecologist, paediatrician, and urologist — three dentists, along with three nurses, and one medical support staff.

The local support team comprised two medical doctors, four nurses, one dentist, two dental nurses, and two support staff. There was also medical support staff for eye screening and HIV testing.

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