JCPD Intensifies Public Education Activities

She was making her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 9. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said in partnership with the HEART Trust/NTA and the National Youth Service (NYS), the JCPD has delivered 32 Public Education sessions. The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) has intensified its public awareness and public education activities to sensitise various social groups about the facts and falsehoods surrounding disability issues. Story Highlights The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) has intensified its public awareness and public education activities to sensitise various social groups about the facts and falsehoods surrounding disability issues.Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said in partnership with the HEART Trust/NTA and the National Youth Service (NYS), the JCPD has delivered 32 Public Education sessions.She was making her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 9.Mrs. Robinson also informed that the Council is promoting the use of technology and media for persons with disabilities (PWDs).In that regard, she said three sessions were held with the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) and service providers regarding the appropriate technology to be utilised to facilitate access to information for persons with disabilities.“Initial dialogue has also been held with the Universal Service Fund (USF) for them to develop more holistic plans to address the technological needs of the disability sector. As part of the public education thrust, the Government could not have done it alone. We thank the media fraternity who have been raising the awareness and educating the public on disability matters, and encourage them to remain on board with us,” Mrs. Robinson said.During the 2018/19 financial year, the JCPD provided grants of up to $250,000 to persons with disabilities. In addition, financial assistance in the amount of $16.4 million was spent, helping 551 clients with medical expenses, income generation projects, education, shadow support, special needs, funeral and transportation expenses.The Minister also informed that a pool of grant funding totalling $17 million is available to PWDs to facilitate the management of small business ventures for their economic development and/or to acquire assistive devices to enhance their independence.“For persons to access the benefit, they must register with the JCPD. Registration and grant Application forms are available through our Parish Offices or the Head Office of the JCPD. We must enable PWDs to take their rightful place in our society,” Mrs. Robinson emphasised. read more

Children From Montego Bay Benefit From Free Medical Checks

The event was organised by the St. James Public Health Services, as an extension of the agency’s mandate to provide preventative and curative healthcare. Story Highlights Scores of children from Montego Bay and wider St. James benefited from free medical checks during the second annual ‘Food Safety and Back-to-School Fair’, held at Pier One in the city, on Friday, August 16. A team of doctors and nurses exposed the children to a number of health screenings and information in the company of their parents, including back-to-school medicals, immunisation shots and health education. Scores of children from Montego Bay and wider St. James benefited from free medical checks during the second annual ‘Food Safety and Back-to-School Fair’, held at Pier One in the city, on Friday, August 16.The event was organised by the St. James Public Health Services, as an extension of the agency’s mandate to provide preventative and curative healthcare.A team of doctors and nurses exposed the children to a number of health screenings and information in the company of their parents, including back-to-school medicals, immunisation shots and health education.Parents were also exposed to a food handler’s clinic, blood sugar and blood pressure checks as well as nutrition counselling.In an interview with JIS News, Chief Public Health Inspector for St. James, Lennox Wallace, noted that in addition to promoting food safety, the health department also prioritises the health of children.He said the agency is ensuring that the youngsters in the parish have their medical forms completed and are ready for the start of the new school year in September.“As a health facility, we want to bring it to them to ensure that not only do they observe food safety practices, but we want to use the opportunity to offer [free] health checks as well, so that they can go back to school healthy and ready to learn,” Mr. Wallace said.Mr. Wallace noted that buses with children were shuttled from communities such as Norwood, Glendevon, Flanker and Salt Spring to the fair.Parent, Olgaline Archie, told JIS News that the event was important to the people of St. James, noting that “you can get your children to do their medical [check-ups] for free.”“So, it’s very good and important for the poor people who cannot find the money to go to the private doctor,” she said.Another parent, Valerie King, thanked the St. James Public Health Services for staging the fair. She is encouraging the agency to continue the good work that is being done in the interest of the people.Other agencies in attendance included HEART Trust/NTA, Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (CPJ) and Orkin Jamaica. read more