Doctors go 'cross country' with JUTC

September 29, 2016
Transport Minister Mike Henry has announced that 100 Jamaica Urban Transit Company buses will be repaired before the end of the fiscal year.

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has once again provided full transportation support for the United States-based HELP Jamaica Medical Mission which, for a number of years, has been giving medical check-ups and a variety of medicines free of cost to several communities across Jamaica.

The JUTC, which gave similar sponsorship to the HELP Jamaica Medical Mission in 2014, responded positively with a handsome 53-seater bus once more, when the organisation requested transportation for its team over a 12-day period earlier this month.

Areas on the mission's schedule journey across the country included the Oak Glade Health Centre in western Kingston; the Jamaica Evangelistic Centre in Kingston; Heartsease New Testament Church of God in Yallahs, St Thomas; Thompson Pen Baptist Church in Smithville, Clarendon; Black River in St Elizabeth and Savanna-la-Mar in Westmoreland.

In consideration of the health and welfare of its own staff, the JUTC got the HELP Jamaica Medical Mission to stage the health fair at two of the bus company's depots - Spanish Town and Rockfort.

The health fair at the Spanish Town depot saw JUTC members of staff and their families being screened and given medication without cost. The same was in store for the Rockfort depot, where an even greater number of health-care professionals turned out for the day's activities.

HELP Jamaica Medical Mission is a non-profit organisation that was founded in 2010 by a group of medical and non-medical professionals of all disciplines to provide free health care in Jamaica and New Jersey.

The mission has treated patients with glaucoma, cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses; hypertension; allergy; asthma; diabetes; arthritis; neurological disorders and anaemia. The team also distributed free eyeglasses as well as performed surgeries at the Winchester Surgical and Medical Institute in Kingston.

"The JUTC has been very supportive of the organisation over the years as it relates to assisting with transportation while on the mission, and this has certainly helped a lot with our arrangements," said Dr Richard Constable, chairman of HELP Jamaica Medical Mission.

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