Health fair for persons with disabilities in St Thomas
Persons with disabilities (PWDs) in St Thomas will benefit from free health services at a health fair today at the Yallahs Baptist Church.
The event that starts at 9 a.m. is being staged by the Dorman family in collaboration with the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD).
Services to be provided include medical examinations; blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checks; and counselling.
Executive director of JCPD, Christine Hendricks, welcomed the partnership in providing much-needed health services to PWDs.
She said it will also enable the entity to reach persons who are not yet registered with the council.
“Particularly in the rural areas, there are PWDs who are still not registered, so this is an awesome opportunity for persons with disabilities,” she said.
Co-founder of the Dorman family’s We Care Health Fair, Carol Higgins, said the family decided to target PWDs this year, because of a family member who has been disabled due to a recent motor vehicle crash.
She informed that another family member died as a result of heart failure.
Higgins said the family is motivated to give back to the St Thomas community where they grew up.
“We know how expensive health care is and all our lives as young children there was a doctor in our community, who always provided free health care to us. We saw the benefit of somebody giving free health care, so we are doing this to support the people,” she said.
The Jamaica Association for the Deaf, Diabetes Association of Jamaica, general practitioners and counsellors will also provide services to the residents.
The Dorman family has been hosting the annual health fairs in honour of late family matriarch, Leila Maye Dorman, who passed away in 2004.