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Milk River Health Centre Re-opened – Residents Enthusiastic About Return Of Services There

Milk River Health Centre Re-opened – Residents Enthusiastic About Return Of Services There

Although rain threatened to dampen the event, residents of Milk River were enthusiastic about the re-opening of their health centre, and participated enthusiastically throughout the ceremony which was held on the grounds of the health facility, last week Friday, June 3, 2011. Since 2007 when Hurricane Dean damaged the health centre, they had to travel to the York Town Health Centre to get health care. Nothing was going to prevent them from celebrating the event, which heralded the return of several health services to their community, and the rain clouds obliged.

The Milk River Type Two Health Centre, serves the eleven districts in Milk River as well as neighbouring communities of Gimme-me-bit and Gravel Hill. Services now offered include child health, family planning, antenatal clinics, and dressings for minor wounds. The staff at the health centre also do home visits. Dr. Kimberly Scarlett-Campbell, Acting Medical Officer of Health for Clarendon is hoping that soon a doctor will be available to resume curative services at the Centre.

Hon. Rudyard Spencer, Minister of Health said the Milk River Health Centre was the forty sixth health centre that was completed under the NHF financed $300 million Project to refurbish health centres across the island. The repairs to the Centre involved the repairs to the roof, rewiring of the building, creating additional space for doctor’s office, tiling, painting, erection of the boundary fence and entrance gates. During his keynote address the Minister of Health, noted that sixty percent of the population in Milk River was below 30 years. He encouraged the young people to use the services of the clinic to gain health information especially with respect to sexuality. He encouraged them to practice safe sex and encouraged the women to insist that their partners wear condoms.

Mr. Noel Arscott, Southwest Clarendon MP, said the refurbished health centre is a wonderful facility. “Use it to help prevent disease rather than cure them,” he said, as he promoted to his constituents the practice of a healthy lifestyle, including exercise and proper diet to help prevent chronic diseases.

Mr. Hugh Lawson, CEO of the National Health Fund, who was also in attendance said, “The weather this week has clearly announced to us that we are now in the hurricane season. We however have the assurance that hurricane straps have been firmly attached to the roof and we hope that the newly refurbished health centre will weather many storms.”

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