Jamaica-born doctors offer free health care
For the past six years, the New Jersey-based diaspora charity, Jamaicans Abroad Helping Jamaicans At Home (JAHJAH), has been quietly carving out a legacy of service in health care in communities across Jamaica.
Whether it is providing free medical treatment to needy persons, donating equipment and supplies to public hospitals and health centres, or the sharing of expertise with local health professionals, JAHJAH has been impacting lives, while contributing to the country's development.
JAHJAH founder, Dr Trevor Dixon, a Jamaica-born physician, who lives and practises in the United States, says that it has been "a very satisfying journey knowing that I am giving back to my country."
"We have had our fair share of hiccups along the way, but at no time did I ever feel like abandoning the cause. It is called service above self, and I am very happy that JAHJAH is in a position where it can indeed make a difference," he said, while at a health fair at the Ulster Spring Health Centre in Trelawny last Thursday.
The team of 25 doctors, most of whom left the island yesterday after a nine-day medical mission, conducted clinics and health fairs in communities in Kingston, St James, and Trelawny, providing service in areas such as dentistry, gynaecology, paediatrics, internal medicine, and emergency medicine.