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US-based Dinthill past students host medical fair

Published:Tuesday | August 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer
Dr Catalina Carrillio (left) of the the Great Expression Dental Centre in Miami, Florida, assisted by CGee Emil, a UWI Dental student (right) examined a student during back-to-school medical and dental session held at the Dinthill Technical High School, Linstead, St Catherine. Looking on is Margaret Watt Walker, coordinator of the programme.

LINSTEAD, St Catherine:

One thousand two hundred students of Dintill Technical High School and another 600 from Guys Hill High School were treated to free medical and dental care last Thursday by a team of medical personnel from the Florida chapter of the Dinthill Technical Past Students' Association.

The team of 62 medical personnel, assisted by medical and dental students from the University of the West Indies and coordinated by Margret Watt Walker, a past student who resides in South Florida, for the third year absorbed all the costs involved to provide the students with back-to-school medical and dental care.

Watt Walker told The Gleaner that other than the challenges she faced getting assistance with the shipment of the medical equipment into the island, she found the exercise meaningful and of great value to the students and their parents.

"The cause is great and we feel obligated to give back to the school that assisted us in getting where we are in life. We are so motivated that as soon as we are done here, we will begin to make plans for next year," she said.

Alecia Wilmot, a parent whose child benefited from the initiative, told The Gleaner that she welcomed the move by the Florida chapter.

"I would have to pay $5000 to $6,000 to get this done so I am extremely grateful to them," she said.

Vice-principal of Dinthill Technical High School Monica Whyte said the school fully endorsed the initiative and will always be supportive of the past students' efforts.