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Spencer thanks health volunteers for Haitian service

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Health Minister Rudyard Spencer lauded the Jamaican medical and health volunteers for the work they were doing in Haiti.

Spencer said the team had been able to immediately and successfully assist in the effort to provide much-needed medical and health support to people who had been badly affected by the earthquake that hit the country last week.

The group of professionals, which comprises doctors, nurses and health technicians, has conducted surgeries and other procedures, as well as numerous patient consultations. It has also been able to assist with the re-establishment of an operating theatre at a polyclinic in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

The team is working alongside doctors from the United States and is expected to stay in the country for seven days, which started on Saturday.

Spencer committed to deploying other teams of volunteers as the need arises.

Continued efforts

"I want to thank our volunteers who have been doing excellent work in Haiti to help the persons who have been affected by the earthquake. We will continue our efforts to assist in any way we can as we are in it for the long haul," Spencer said in a press release yesterday.

The Ministry of Health is the central coordinating agency for medical and health volunteers to Haiti. Persons in the medical and health-care fields who wish to volunteer may contact the Ministry of Health at 1-888-663-5683, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m.