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Tuesday, January 10, 2006 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade

US Medical Team to Visit Jamaica

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A United States medical team is slated to visit Jamaica from January 13 to 22, where they will offer free healthcare to residents in communities throughout the island.

The nine-day mission is being facilitated by the Organization for International Development (OID), which is headed by Dr. Roy Streete, a Jamaican dentist based in the Bronx, New York.

According to Dr. Streete, who is also head of the healthcare sector of the Jamaica Diaspora in the Northeast United States, the medical team will offer dental, podiatric, ophthalmology and general health care and will make stops in the parishes of Portland, Clarendon, St. Catherine, Kingston, St. Andrew, St. James, Hanover and St. Elizabeth.

The nine-day visit is the first of two OID-sponsored missions to the island this year.
Last December, OID was presented with the title and keys to a fully equipped mobile health clinic by the Vincent Hosang Family Foundation, in support of the organization's bi-annual mission of mercy to Jamaica since 1990.

The mobile unit, which was purchased and outfitted at a cost of just under $200,000 is expected to be in Jamaica in time for the second leg of the mission later this year.

Once in Jamaica, the mobile clinic will ease the dependence by the OID on the Jamaica Cancer Society's mobile unit in carrying out its health mission.

Jamaica's Consul General to New York, Dr. Basil Bryan, who participated in the handing over ceremony, noted then that, "little things mean a lot and if we were to magnify all the little things in our lives, we would be surprised how they become great."

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