At-risk youth to get health checks

November 13, 2017
The Metcalfe Street Juvenile Remard Centre, one of the four juvenile centres across the island. There are approximately 250 children between the ages of 12 and 17 years old, with just under a quarter being girls, in these facilities.


More than 530 persons across the island's four juvenile correctional institutions will benefit from the We Transform Programme's Healthy Lifestyle pillar which seeks to engage children on the topic of healthy life skills through training.

The pillar is being implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Health and We Transform partners CHASE Fund and the Organisation of American States.

Through the initiative, 110 inmates and 100 correctional officers from the Metcalfe Street facility; 40 inmates and 60 correctional officers from Hilltop; 50 inmates and 60 correctional officers from Rio Cobre, together with 50 inmates and 60 correctional officers from South Camp will benefit from health checks, including electrocardiograms, blood pressure tests, dental examinations and cleaning, as well as eye examinations.

Speaking at the inaugural Health Fair and Fun Day held on November 8 at the Metcalfe Street Juvenile Correctional Centre in Kingston, State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr. explained that the initiative is in keeping with the national development plan for Jamaica, as it provides at-risk youth with the information and tools they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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