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Past students offer free medical tests at Camperdown

Published:Tuesday | February 17, 2015 | 2:01 AMRichard Mitchell
Medical student Oshane Richards tests the blood pressure of Shainak Roberts during the Health and Wellness Fair for Camperdown High School students at the institution at 6B Camperdown Road, in Kingston, yesterday.

Students at Camperdown High School in Kingston were treated to free medical tests and other treats at the school's annual health and wellness fair on its campus yesterday, and it was former students who came together to make it happen.

Speaking with The Gleaner, vice-principal Sophia Murray lauded the efforts of the past students who organised and executed the health fair aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles. She also expressed appreciation to the past students for being so involved in the school long after they had graduated.

 

Important initiative

 

"The fair is a good initiative because the students are exposed to different health products, but it also allows them to see that when they become past students, they can give back to their school. I think for me, that is the most important thing," Murray said.

William Watson, president of the Camperdown Alumni St Andrew Chapter (CASTAC), the group that organised the event, said that this and other initiatives were done to support the school, and ultimately, the students.

"We are trying to provide the kind of support to the school that we think they need most - deportment, nutrition, and any other area in which we think that they need bolstering. We try to fill the gap as needed," Watson said.

Dr Alva Smith, a past student of Camperdown who now practises in Pennsylvania in the United States, was on hand to provide the free medicals. He has visited Jamaica to give back to his school and to participate in the health fair numerous times.

While the students at Camperdown were the main beneficiaries of the goodwill of the former students, teachers were not left out as they, too, enjoyed a free medical, including Pap smears and body mass index tests.

In addition to health-related services, notable guests were invited to give talks on various topics, including music and fashion.