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York Town clinic operates, but there are many challenges

Published:Friday | April 12, 2019 | 12:05 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston/Gleaner Writer
A view of the clinic area.
A view from inside the clinic area.
Nurse Sheffaneese Knight looking for improvements at the clinic
The tub in which dirty clinic linen is washed.
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The York Town Health Centre located in south-west Clarendon, the bordering communities of Four Path, Osborne Store, and Gimmi-mi-bit, is faced with many challenges.

It is one of the 100 primary healthcare facilities that the Ministry of Health would like to transform under its Adopt-a-Clinic Programme launched two years ago.

Nurse Sheffaneese Knight is hoping that there will be support from Jamaica or its diaspora and is hoping it, too, will be adopted. Knight, who spends her working hours at the Milk River, York Town, and Race Course clinics, said that in spite of its many shortcomings, staffers give one hundred per cent in service to ensure that the needs of the patients are met.

The York Town Health Centre is a type one health facility which mainly offers maternal and child-health services. These include antenatal, postnatal, and family planning services as well as complete assessment and immunisation of children up to six years old and older children as necessary.