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MP offers free back-to-school medical check-up

Published:Saturday | August 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM
A volunteer nurse checks the blood pressure of a young female. - Photo by Carl Gilchrist
After having her check-up done by Dr Dayton Campbell at Mount Zion Primary School, this little girl poses for the camera while her mother looks on. -- Photo by Carl Gilchrist
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Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer

OCHO RIOS, St Ann:

FOR THE third year running, member of parliament for North West St Ann, Dr Dayton Campbell, has offered free medicals to students in his constituency.

This year, in a campaign that ran for more than seven weeks and stretched across 30 communities in the constituency, more than 1,600 students were attended to.

Students entering school at the start of the new academic year in September are required to have their medicals done.

At the four most populated towns, Brown's Town, Runaway Bay, Discovery Bay, and Bamboo, representatives from government agencies, Child Development Agency, Registrar General's Department and the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education were present to offer assistance in their respective areas of focus.

Committed persons

Outside of the main areas mentioned, dozens of smaller communities, including Retirement, Thicketts, Keith, Sturge Town, Lewis, Mount Zion, Beverly, Dumbarton and others, benefited.

"For the third year running, we're doing some back-to-school medicals; we go into the communities, myself and some volunteers - doctors, nurses, social workers," Campbell explained.

"It has gone smoothly. We've been fortunate enough to have some committed persons who show that the spirit of volunteerism is not dead. We also had some assistance from Food For The Poor, which supplied us with some back-to-school supplies."

"Essentially, what we do is travel to different communities and ensure we do the medicals for the children free of charge. In the first year, we did 958, we did 1,562 in the second year and this year we anticipate we'll do about 1,600."

Campbell said parents have expressed their gratitude for the contribution.

"There's one particular lady with four children, she estimated she would have saved $10,000 and she was extremely grateful," he said. "Most persons are grateful and we hope it is something we can continue to do for a long while."

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