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Committed partners - the SAJ and Rotary

Published:Tuesday | August 2, 2016 | 8:00 AM
President of the Rotary Club of East Kingston & Port Royal, Michael Johnson hands a plaque to Members Services Officer of the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ), Monique Morrison, in recognition of the support given the club over the years by the SAJ.

The Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) was recently recognised for its contributions to the charitable work of the Rotary Club of Kingston East and Port Royal. This recognition came at the club's annual installation banquet held in Kingston.

The honour was bestowed on the SAJ for its numerous donations in cash and kind to various projects, but more specifically, for its assistance to the club in its mission to prove free health care to communities in need through the loan of its mobile clinic.

Last June, scores of residents from the communities close to the Vauxhall High School in east Kingston streamed on to the school grounds to take advantage of the free health checks and other services being offered at the Rotary Club of East Kingston and Port Royal's annual health fair. As its partner, the SAJ set up its mobile clinic on the grounds to accommodate the patients, many of whom could not otherwise afford the medical services provided.

 

THE MASSIVE UNIT

 

For the last eight years, the association has partnered with Rotary Clubs across the country to mount various health fairs through the loan of this mobile clinic, which is fashioned from a 40-foot shipping container. In fact, since October 31, 2012, the SAJ's mobile clinic has been in use as an outpatient facility, serving surgical, medical, psychiatric, gynaecological, as well as paediatric patients. SAJ members have often provided free transportation services for the massive unit to various locations.

The SAJ committed the use of its mobile clinic in support of the Annotto Bay Hospital, which was extensively damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and was without the use of its accident and emergency department, its paediatric department, and other key areas.