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Guardian Life to take health care to the needy

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMAbigail Cameron
Dr Lisa Hurlock, chief medical officer, gives a tour of the mobile unit to Eric Hosin (centre), president of Guardian Life, and Prime Minister Andrew Holness after the launch of the Guardian Life mobile medical unit.
Alicia Foster, vice-president of Employee Benefits Division, sales and marketing at Guardian Life, in discussion with Dr Akshai Mansingh (right), consultant orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine physician, and Dr Carl Bruce, neurosurgeon and acting chief medical officer, after the launch of the Guardian Life mobile medical unit at the Guardian car park in New Kingston on Thursday, July 21.
The Guardian Life mobile medical unit.

Last Thursday, Guardian Life launched the first mobile health unit at its New Kingston offices.

In his address, Eric Hosin, president of the company, said that health and wellness are the primary focus of the company's corporate social responsibility programme.

"Guardian Life is always exploring new ways to add value to customers' lives as well as to reach out to the wider community of Jamaica. We aim to make a meaningful impact on clients' lives and Jamaicans at large," said Hosin.

According to Hosin, the decision for this investment was easy as it will relieve the expenses associated with treatments to ensure that persons are healthy. "We plan to participate in health fairs, and our team is very excited about the initiative to improve lives through our service," he said

Meanwhile, Shirley Newby-Hibbert, deputy chief of nursing, speaking on behalf of Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, congratulated Guardian Life on this huge step in building Jamaica's health-delivery system as they help to enhance the quality of the lives of individuals.




"I believe this mobile unit will help citizens in rural communities and ease the burden on public medical health centres where the ministry may not be able to, and will change lives," she said.

The 40-foot mobile unit is a medical office with capacity for two medical doctors and two nurses and also features an ECG machine, eye-testing machines and equipment for body mass index and height checks.

Blood pressure checks and several others will be free, with all other health services being significantly less than the average cost. Blood sugar tests, pap smears, urinalyses, eye exams, ECGs and weight checks will also be available, but emergency services will not be provided.

Guests in attendance included Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie, Senator Ruel Reid, Fayval Williams, Julian Robinson, opposition spokesman on information and the knowledge economy, and Reverend Devon Dick, among many others.