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Sagicor Wellness Mobile Units take to the streets

Published:Wednesday | August 17, 2016 | 8:00 AM
The Sagicor Mobile Wellness Unit that roves across the island to provide health care services to Jamaicans
A Sagicor wellness doctor assisting this mother and her son with a medical screening during a visit to a health fair at the Wolmers High School recently
Nurse Shirley Richards uses the audiometer to check the hearing of a patient who visited the Sagicor Mobile Wellness Unit
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Sagicor continues to take health care to communities across the island through its fleet of Mobile Wellness Units.

For more than 25 years, since the acquisition of Blue Cross of Jamaica, and the Blue Cross mobile health bus, the company's solid commitment to health care and the well-being of all Jamaicans continue to be delivered from the health services offered from the fleet of mobile units.

Sagicor has increased the number of Mobile Wellness Units in the fleet, making it the only insurance-providing organisation in the country to have three Mobile Wellness Units that travel the island to bring health care to the people.

The bus is outfitted with equipment and an examination room, to take the delivery of health services wherever it is needed around the island. The health services are offered by a technical team of doctors and nurses - handpicked and trained to serve - offering a wide range of services such as height/weight/waist (BMI), blood pressure, urine tests, pregnancy test, vision, hearing (audiometer), blood sugar, blood cholesterol, ECG and HIV testing.

 

GREAT BENEFIT TO COMMUNITY

 

"The Mobile Wellness Units have been of great benefit to community members who are not able to readily and easily access health-care amenities. The fact that there are units that can operate simultaneously is another added benefit for those who are in need," said Willard Brown, executive vice-president of employee benefits and actuary.

"For many years, we have been engaging members of the society with our health bus because we think it is necessary for persons to be able to access health services and tests from locations convenient to where they live and work. Our Mobile Wellness Units have been a part of health fairs, school tours, company wellness events, outdoor concerts like Fun in the Son, and school medicals events. Health and wellness continues to be one of the main pillars of the corporate social responsibility portfolio at Sagicor."

The Sagicor Mobile Wellness Units serve as spaces where patients/clients can access essential health-related services at low or no cost. The units will be making a number of stops throughout the summer at different schools and organisations islandwide.

Students and parents who are a part of the Sagicor Adopt-A-School programme will continue to benefit from health checks to ensure that they are in excellent condition for learning when the new school year begins in September.

The Sagicor health bus and mobile units will continue to deliver service and testing which empower Jamaicans to take their health seriously.