Health Authorities Reach Out to Young Cancer Survivors and Older Jamaicans

Good work! Lots of hugs to the heroes out there – both old and young. Here’s some information from the South East Regional Health Authority on their activities in support of vulnerable citizens. By the way, the theme for this week’s Caribbean Wellness Day was “Healthy Ageing Starts Now.” At the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, there were lively celebrations. More to follow!

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Dr. Apryl Fairclough (right) offers free health services to Retired Nurse from KPH, Ms. Dorothy Cuff (left) during the Caribbean Wellness Day event held at the National Council for Senior Citizens on Thursday, September 12. The commemorative event focused on improving the quality of life of the ageing population under the theme “Healthy Ageing Starts Now.” (Photo: South East Regional Health Authority)

KINGSTON, Jamaica September 12, 2019. The Haematology Department and Oncology Unit at Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC) will continue to commemorate Paediatric Cancer Awareness Month in September 2019 under the theme “Recharge the hero in you.” Each year, approximately 30 children less than 13 years old are diagnosed with cancer at the BHC.

This year, the BHC C.A.R.E (Cancer Aide and Resource Extraordinaires) Support Group was launched to raise funds for cancer patients and their families in need.

A number of activities have been planned throughout month including a church service held Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the Swallowfield Chapel in Kingston. There will also be educational talks for parents of children with cancer.

In addition, the hospital staff will participate in an educational session hosted by the SickKids Caribbean Initiative, through the hospital’s telemedicine facilities.

BHC will also partner with the Flow Foundation for the fourth year in a row to host a treat for the Cancer patients on September 20, 2019.

The staff will also be hosting an event called “Superhero Day” which is the final number of activities to commemorate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The objective of the month is to increase awareness about childhood cancer and to educate the public about the disease and organisations that provide support for children with cancer.

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Dr. Meleka Daley, Dentist from the Harbour View Health Centre presented toothpastes from Colgate to one of the senior citizens (seated) after her presentation on oral health. Dr. Daley recommends that the elderly should visit the dentist every 3-6 months to check for gum disease and tooth decay. She said that oral health is very important to your personal hygiene. (Photo: South East Regional Health Authority)

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