Laranzo Dacres, Gleaner Writer
The Independence City Church of Christ will be a haven of health as a free-of-charge, four-day health mission ends today.
Dental, medical and psychological services are available and medication is being dispensed at no cost on the church grounds at 8 Hellshire Drive in Portmore.
The health mission is the work of American non-profit organisation International/American Medical Mission (IAMM), which began its annual visits to Jamaica nine years ago.
"We feel that God has called us to do the work we do, which is, basically, medical missions," Leonardo D. Gilbert, board chairman of IAMM, told The Gleaner on Monday.
Gilbert's team has just flown to Jamaica from Haiti where they were the previous week, volunteering time and skills.
"We have a formal relationship with Jamaica. We're gonna be here every year, that's a commitment that we've made," said Gilbert.
The IAMM team here consists of eight doctors, 14 nurses, and others.
Shortly after midday Monday, the team had already catered to 155 patients, 40 of whom came for dental visits.
"I keep coming back to the doctor because I find them very helpful and I get to fill my prescription here," said third-time attendee, 79-year-old Gwendolyn Perry.
Medication was made available to patients affected by diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, fungal infections, among other disorders.
"The church is normally packed as persons from all over the island come here for the medical aid that is available," said Hazel Cunningham, public relations and events coordinator of the church. "Some travel from as far as St James."
Persons can turn up at the church today between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.