Jamaica’s Adopt-a-Clinic Program Gaining Traction Within Diaspora

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Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton shares a light moment with Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey P. Marks on his recent visit to the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington DC. (Photo Derrick Scott.)

Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness’ Adopt-a-Clinic program is gaining traction, particularly among the Diaspora in the United States, which has adopted several clinics across the island.

Data from the Ministry of Health and Wellness says there are 109 clinics up for adoption and of that total 36 are now fully adopted.

Members of the Jamaican Diaspora in the United States have so far adopted fifteen of these clinics and have spent a total of $J43-million upgrading and providing various equipment for these primary care institutions.

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Among the clinics adopted include Cascade in Hanover, Adelphi in St. James, Steer Town in St. Ann, Ulster Spring in Trelawny, Islington in St. Mary and Lambs River clinic in Westmoreland.

Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton told members of the diaspora, on the online discussion program Let’s Connect with Ambassador Marks on Thursday, that he was pleased with the support given to the program by diaspora organizations as well as individuals, “who have come on board to adopt our primary health care services.”

“The intention of the Adopt-a-clinic program is to get Jamaicans at home and abroad who have benefitted from our primary health care services to give back” Tufton stated.

We have a strong primary health care system that has worked for us as a country. It is what has helped us in the COVID-19 pandemic response. As Minister of Health, I am asking members of the Diaspora to join hands and hearts with the Ministry by adopting a clinic.”

The Health and Wellness Minister has paid tribute to the members of the diaspora for the role they continue to participate in the health sector in Jamaica. “You the members of the diaspora have played a role in helping us to equip field hospitals and providing well-needed equipment and supplies.

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey P. Marks also commended the members of the Diaspora for their assistance and the adoption of the fifteen clinics.

According to Ambassador Marks, members of the Diaspora continue to contribute immensely to the island’s health sector, to support the fight against the deadly COVID-19 virus.

Primary Health Care is delivered in Jamaica through a network of over 320 Community Health Centre’s across the nation’s 14 parishes. Most of these facilities were built in the 1970s, and Jamaica has received global recognition from the World Health Organization (WHO) for its best practices in Primary Health Care.

The online town hall meeting was attended by members of the diaspora leadership across the United States, including Consul General to Miami, Oliver Mair, Honorary Consul for Atlanta, Dr. Elaine Bryan; Honorary Consul for Los Angeles, Joy Stephenson-Laws, Honorary Consul for San Jose, Mr. David Sangster, and Honorary Consul for Philadelphia, Mr. Christopher Chaplin.

‘Let’s Connect With Ambassador Marks’ offers members of the diaspora an opportunity to speak directly with the Ambassador about issues that are of interest to them, as well as to be updated on the government’s policies and programs as well as the Embassy’s activities.

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