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Local, American Rotarians join forces

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2011 | 12:00 AM
President of North Kansas City Rotary Club Joann Harper (left) assists a woman seeking medical care at Free Hill United Church, St Mary, recently. - PHOTO BY CARL GILCHRIST

St Mary residents benefit from free health care

Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer


HUNDREDS OF residents from communities in St Mary such as Free Hill, Retreat, Haywood Hall, Port Maria and surrounding areas benefited recently from free medical and dental care offered by visiting teams of professionals from the United States.

This came about as the Rotary Club of Ocho Rios and the North Kansas City Rotary dental and medical mission joined forces once more for the benefit of communities in rural Jamaica.

Several services

This year, more than 60 trained medical persons made the trip which lasted 12 days. Approximately 30 of them spent the day at Free Hill United Church last Thursday, serving persons from that community and surrounding districts such as Oxford.

"We registered persons for dental and medical care, we gave blood pressure tests, we pulled teeth, the doctors saw patients and we also gave drugs (medication)," said Joann Harper, president of the North Kansas City Rotary Club.

Harper was on her fifth visit with the mission, which has been coming to Jamaica since 2000. She said this year's trip was good.

"It has been fantastic, I mean I get more out of this than they (beneficiaries) get because when you do an act of kindness you always get triple back. And the people are so wonderful, they are so gracious and so nice and so kind," Harper said.

Scores of residents benefited on the day from the free health care and expressed delight at being able to access the service. One such person was Sherona Clarke of Oxford district, who came to see the dentist.

"Yes, I'm very happy they are here," Clarke told The Gleaner.

Clarke has seen the mission visit communities over the years, but it was the first time she was benefiting. She said she was satisfied with the treatment she received.