The first Nine Miles Health Fair for 2018 – A Huge Success

Over one hundred and fifty residents of Nine Miles community in St. Ann benefitted once more from the free community Health Fair organized through a partnership with the Bob Marley Foundation and Integrated Clinics International (ICI).

The biannual Health Fair, held at the Cedella Marley Booker Basic School, named in honour of Bob Marley’s mother, gives residents access to the medical services of a team of at least twenty three medical professionals, who offer a variety of health care services during the day.

The attendants, including adults and children, were registered and screened and were able to see a doctor very quickly. Prescriptions were also filled if available at the onsite pharmacy sponsored and managed by ICI personnel. This service is very helpful and appreciated by the persons attending the clinic.

The doctors noted that most adult complaints were related to the common lifestyle diseases, diabetes and hypertension and arthritis, while most of the children attending the clinic, had complaints related to cold and flu symptoms.

As usual, doctors from the ICI team, also made home visits to elderly or physically incapacitated residents in the community and provide them the required medication.

The Jamaica Aids Support for Life team was also on site doing testing for HIV and Syphilis and educating participants of the importance of safe and healthy sexual practices.
The organisers are satisfied that the free community Health Fair is a needed initiative that offers a valuable service to underserved communities and to individuals who sometimes do not have the resources to access health care.

The second Nine Miles Health Fair for 2018, will be held in October.