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Dental services in demand at west Kingston health fair

Published:Saturday | August 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer
Rianna Dowman (right) gets her eyes checked by Marcellia Francis, optical adviser at Courts Jamaica, during the West Kingston Power Partners’ annual health fair, which was is held at the Tivoli Gardens High School in West Kingston, yesterday.

With dental services generally costly and the new school term set to get under way in just over two weeks, parents flocked to the fourth annual West Kingston Health Fair yesterday determined to have their children access the healthcare services being offered free of cost.

The event, which was geared at increasing access to healthcare for west Kingston residents, was put on by the West Kingston Power Partners at the Tivoli Gardens High School.

"I wouldn't be able to afford it before school starts back, so I brought both my daughter and son to get a dental cleaning, and when they're done, I'll be getting one because dental hygiene is important," said Maleen Gayle, a first-time visitor at the fair.

Another parent, Ann-Marie, said that she was accompanied by her three children, all of whom are in high school.

"This is really a big help. I checked around town and one cleaning was going for up to 9 grand. So, I just waited for this to come around, and as a bonus, I can check my pressure, and so on," she explained.

Community and public relations specialist at West Kingston Power Partners Melissa Newman further disclosed that the company hosted a dental fair in November to complement the health fair because most residents were unable to afford the service.

"We have a lot of registration for dental mainly because it really is a costly commodity, and so we try to ensure that it's done here annually," she told The Gleaner.

Extractions and completion of dental forms required by schools were other services on offer by DS Prime Health, a partner in the fair.

Held under the theme "Live Healthy, Live Long", other services provided at the fair included tests for hearing, blood pressure, vision screening, HIV, blood sugar and cholesterol, as well as having in attendance agencies such as the Jamaica Red Cross, Courts Optical, the Registrar's General's Department, and the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency.