Braeton Church taking healthcare to the community with mobile medical unit

Photo credit: Damian Chambers, Central Jamaica Conference

Side view of mobile medical and dental clinic commissioned into service by the Braeton SDA Church on Saturday’s unveiling. Photo credit: Damian Chambers, Central Jamaica Conference

The Braeton Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Saturday unveiled its first mobile medical and dental care unit, promising to take its health ministry to the community, and particularly residents unable to access these services due to financial reasons.

According to the Central Jamaica Conference’s website post from which this story originated, the clinic is built within a 20 feet container that sits on a 23 feet flat-bed truck. It has its own electrical generating and water systems and contains 3 offices: two for basic medical services and one for Dental. The project was spearheaded  by Elder Randall Williams, Health Ministries Leader of the Braeton Church, and partly funded by members.

The clinic will be staffed by volunteer doctors and nursing staff from the church’s Health Ministries Department and partners it frequently works with from neighbouring health care facilities in and out of Portmore.

Braeton mobile unit tour

From left: The Honorable Fitz Jackson, MP for South St. Catherine, Dr. Patrick Rutherford, CEO of Andrews Memorial Hospital, Pastor Roy Dennis, Health Ministries Director of Central Jamaica Conference and Pastor Kevon Barnaby, Senior Pastor of the Braeton Church take a tour of the newly unveiled Mobile Clinic during the afternoon of the Launch. [Photo by Damian Chambers]

The launch which was held at the church, located along the Hellshire main road, was attended by Dr. Patrick Rutherford, CEO of the Adventist-owned Andrews Memorial Hospital, who was guest speaker at the Launch, The Honorable Fitz Jackson, MP for South St. Catherine, Pastor Roy Dennis, Health Ministries Director of Central Jamaica Conference and Pastor Kevon Barnaby, Senior Pastor of the Braeton Church.

The Braeton church has maintained an active presence in the Portmore community and hosts an annual health fair, an outreach now in it’s sixth year, which has impacted over 600 persons in the community, the church report stated.

– See more at: http://centralja.org/news-items/first-adventist-owned-mobile-medical-and-dental-clinic-launched-in-jamaica/#sthash.UXtYmfFM.cqWUSA20.dpuf

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