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Jamalco hosts health fair in Reeveswood

Published:Thursday | July 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMTamara Bailey
Nurses Saniese Gordon (right) and Charmaine Gordon-Simpson (second left) attend to patients at the recently held Reeveswood Health and Information Fair.

About 50 residents from the rural community of Reeveswood, Manchester, recently benefited from a series of health and information fairs facilitated by Jamalco.

The doctor, nurses and emergency medical technicians on hand carried out blood glucose, cholesterol, weight, body mass index, and vision tests.

Representatives from several government and private-sector agencies were also present, showcasing products and services. Among the agencies present were the National Council on Drug Abuse, 4-H Club, National Insurance Scheme, Nutrilite, and the Community and Workers of Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union.

The residents who visited booths interacted with agents, while looking over the wide variety of promotional flyers and brochures. At the 4-H booth, persons listened and participated in the presentation done by home economics specialist Sylvia Porteous. She demonstrated how to be creative in using basic food items to make healthier and more cost-friendly meals. In addition to the presentation, participants were given healthy food and juice samples, which included ackee and veggie chunks, turned cornmeal with red peas, string bean juice, and sweet potato punch.

Reeveswood resident Norma Carter noted that the health and information fair was greatly appreciated, as many persons cannot afford to visit private doctors.

"Mi glad dem come fi help out the people in di district. I would like to see another fair like this soon," she said. She also added that since many older persons have challenges travelling to Mandeville to see the doctor, having the health fair at their doorstep was a real blessing.