Farmers benefit from US health mission

October 31, 2017

More than 860 persons from five farming districts in southern Trelawny recently benefited from a five-day medical mission, which was carried out by Christian Emergency Relief Team International, a team of medical workers from Tennessee in the United States.

Ryan Keating, president of the Trelawny Association of Branch Societies, said the initiative came at an opportune time.

"Having them come at this time is quite fitting, as we are involved in a project to get the farmers ready for the Eat Jamaican Campaign Month, which is set to start on November 1," said Keating. "We believe that healthy farmers will create healthy farms, which give healthy profits."

Michele Wyatt, who heads the mission which comprises medical doctors, opticians and dentists, told the WESTERN STAR that their mission in Jamaica is a part of their Christian duties.

"We are a Christian organisation ministering to the mind, body and soul," said Wyatt. "We take care of the body first then the soul, as we talk to the patients about Christ."

The five communities that benefited from the initiative, which was supported by Courts Optical and Courts Ready Cash, were Warsop, Wait-A-Bit, Kinloss, Wakefield and Rio Bueno.