Adventists give health clinic a facelift
IN A massive show of commitment and dedication to better the lives of persons within the communities that the Seventh-day Adventist Church serves, the church gave a facelift to a government health clinic located at 114 Brunswick Avenue in Spanish Town on Sunday.
The initiative was put on by the Central Jamaica Conference - the administrative body for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the central region of Jamaica - and saw the health clinic that deals primarily with pre- and post-natal care being repainted both inside and out, and a waiting area reconstructed.
"We believe that we have made a mark on this institution in this our 50th year that speaks to what the church is all about, impacting communities, impacting lives and helping people to rise to a higher standard in their own development and in nation building. We believe that this is part of our mission, and we must continue to pursue this as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ," said Pastor Ronnie Henry, executive secretary of the Central Jamaica Conference.
The outdoor waiting area was reconstructed to offer better protection from the elements, and a floor put in.
"It is overwhelming. The Adventist Church put in a lot of work in just one day. The staff and patients of the clinic are very happy, especially that no one else has ever done something like this for us. We really appreciate what the church has done," stated Nurse Tldra Lewis, head nurse at the clinic.
The colour of the building was changed from white to yellow, in keeping with Ministry of Health regulations.
"This is more than beautiful. We appreciate it a lot. The facelift is great. The patients are more comfortable, and we feel that we are now working in an environment that helps in promoting good health," said Nurse Beverly Turner from the clinic.
The health clinic sees more than 100 patients daily.
Martina Edwards, a member of the Spanish Town community and user of the health clinic, had this to say, "Well, it looks great, and it feels good to know that though this is free health care the place can look so good."
"I feel very proud of the work that went on. There was a waiting area before, but it wasn't suitable, so we are grateful for this one. I wish the church could come back and build a room or two around the back so that the nurses can have more space to work with," said Marcus Williamson, caretaker of the health clinic grounds.