St Ann MP calls for mobile clinics
The Member of Parliament for North West St Ann Dr Dayton Campbell wants health authorities to make mobile clinics available to increase access to healthcare by vulnerable persons in marginalised communities.
The parliamentarian, who is also a medical doctor, says the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE), Fund should lead the charge in this initiative.
According to Campbell, a large segment of the Jamaican society continues to suffer because of the absence of accessible health services.
Campbell says the lives of the elderly, especially those dealing with diabetes and hypertension, and people living in deep rural communities would be improved if fully equipped mobile health clinics are established.
He was speaking at last week’s sitting of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee.
Officials of the CHASE Fund appeared before the committee.
They pointed out that the CHASE Fund has been doing health-related outreach in communities.
The officials said the Fund would consider the proposal to set up mobile clinics.
However, they noted that the work of the Fund is usually guided by the broader policy priorities of the Ministry of Health.
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