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The St. Mary Branch Office of the Diabetes Association of Jamaica after years of nomadic existence and many periods of closure has finally found a home.
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany gave the branch approximately J$1.3 million to put a containerized office on land leased from the St. Mary Parish Council in Trinity St. Mary. The offices of The Food for the Poor and The Lions Club of Kingston and St. Andrew also made contributions to this venture.
This move by the Association and its sponsors was applauded by the community on March 25, 2009 the day of the official opening of the office. The official opening was done by His Excellency Juergen Engel the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany at the office’s location in Trinity.
Present at the ceremony were The President Elect of The International Diabetes Federation, Brussels Professor Jean Claude Mbanya and his wife Dora, Mrs. Engel the wife of the German Ambassador, Life President of the Diabetes Association of Jamaica Professor Errol Morrison and his wife Doctor Faye Whitbourn, the Vice Chairman and Executive Director (Outreach) of the Diabetes Association of Jamaica Mr. Owen Bernard, Medical Officer of Health for St. Mary Doctor San San Win, Chief Public Health Officer St. Mary Health Department Mr. Anthony Robins , Ministry of Local Government representative Councilor Dave Morris , Manager of Scotia Bank Jamaica Ltd. Port Maria Branch Mrs. Heather John -Keith ,Board Members of St. Mary Branch Mr. Flavius Laidley and Miss Sophia Evans ,Reverend Donald Williams from the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands other visitors from Kingston, and well wishers from the environs of Port Maria.
Press coverage was done by Miss Kimesha Simpson of North Coast Times. The article was written under Health feature and published in the April 3-9, 2009 issue.
The office which is located on the road leading to the Port Maria Hospital is now open to the public under the management of Miss Dahlia Brown.
The office offers a range of services which includes blood pressure check ,blood sugar,A1c and cholesterol test, ECG, vision screening , vascular Doppler (for circulation) and foot care , education and nutrition counseling ,wellness programs, outreach clinics, home visits and information network. Other services will be added as the office strives to offer a comprehensive health care approach to persons living with diabetes and the public at large to facilitate a better quality of life.
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