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Sagicor Foundation takes health tour to adopted schools

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:07 AM
 Nickoy Williams from the Chantilly Basic School in Savanna-la-Mar gets his vision checked aboard the Sagicor Wellness Bus during a health tour at his school on February 25. He is being assisted by (from left) Nurse Crystal Gayle and branch manager of the Sagicor Bank Savanna-la-Mar branch, Carla Drummond. His school was the first of the Sagicor Foundation’s three adopted schools to receive free health checks last week.
Nickoy Williams from the Chantilly Basic School in Savanna-la-Mar gets his vision checked aboard the Sagicor Wellness Bus during a health tour at his school on February 25. He is being assisted by (from left) Nurse Crystal Gayle and branch manager of the Sagicor Bank Savanna-la-Mar branch, Carla Drummond. His school was the first of the Sagicor Foundation’s three adopted schools to receive free health checks last week.

More than 110 students from the Sagicor Foundation’s three adopted schools benefited from free health tests conducted during a three-day health tour, which provided hearing, vision, and oxygen -saturation checks.

The health tour, an annual event on the foundation’s calendar, was conducted on February 25, 27, and 28 at the Chantilly Basic School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland; the Tobolski Basic School in Brown’s Town, St Ann; and the Clifton Basic School in Portmore, St Catherine, respectively.

Assistant manager, public relations and corporate social responsibility, Michelle-Ann Letman, noted that the health tour was an important component of the adopt-a-school programme as health screenings done at an early age can help in identifying potential health concerns in children and addressing them before they become exacerbated.

“Health, education, and children are the primary areas of focus for the Sagicor Foundation, and we are proud to be able to provide support to the future of our nation through these initiatives,” she said. Letman added, “While the main focus of the adopt-a-school programme is to provide much-needed infrastructural upgrades to the schools, we know and understand that development is more than just the physical environment, but also equally important is ensuring the students receive the necessary healthcare to be able to perform well in school.”

The health checks were conducted by nurses from the Sagicor Wellness team with support from Sagicor team members and Sagicor Foundation volunteers from the various locations where the health tour was hosted.