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Miss Jamaica World to Join United Missions of Good Will

Published:Saturday | April 16, 2016 | 4:00 AM
Dr Sanneta Myrie

Twenty-four-year-old Dr Sanneta Myrie, third runner-up in the 2015 Miss World Competition in Sanya, China, will join Lorna L Rawle, president of United States-based United Missions of Goodwill (UMG) and a team of 25 health-care professionals, including surgeons anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, registered nurses and surgical technicians, who will volunteer their services at Savanna-la-mar General Hospital in Westmoreland, Jamaica, from May 2-6.

"It is an immense honour to be invited to be a part of this initiative alongside Missions of Goodwill," said Dr Myrie, who has family roots in Westmoreland.

"It is always a privilege and blessing to be given the opportunity to combine my passion for medicine, being a medical doctor, with my Miss Jamaica World duties."

New York-based Jamaica-born Rawle, who is scheduled to arrive in Kingston ahead of the diaspora medical team, migrated to the USA in 1985. She has a passion for education and health care, especially for the underserved. She is a registered nurse specialising in anesthesiology.

A missionary since 2003, she has travelled to different parts of the world, serving the poor. March 2012 opened a window of opportunity for her when Dr Cecil Bachelor, senior medical officer at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Morant Bay, hosted a surgical mission that she coordinated. More than 40 volunteers from the US joined the mission that year.

Since 2012, she has led six medical missions to Jamaica under the austerities of UMG that included stops at the Trinity Ville health fair (2013); Port Antonio Hospital and clinics (2014) and the May Pen Hospital and Bridgeport Dental Clinic in 2015. UMG will donate an operating-room table, an incubator, an infant warmer, plus other medical items, to Savanna la mar hospital during its visit in May.

"The parish of Westmoreland has been placed under the spotlight as a result of crime and violence and accidents in recent times. This, of course, has had a negative impact on our ailing health facility here," said custos of Westmoreland Reverend Canon Hartley Perrin.

"I am, therefore, pleased and delighted to welcome the gifts and professional services being offered by our visiting team. The parish marks, with gratitude, this magnanimous gesture," he said.