JFF mourns death of team doc­tor

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Da­nia Bogle Se­nior Gleaner Writer

THE JA­MAICA Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (JFF) has ex­pressed re­gret and has of­fered con­do­lences to the fam­ily of for­mer youth Reg­gae Boyz team doc­tor, Martin Gar­wood, who was found mur­dered in his Bar­bican, St An­drew home yes­ter­day.

“This is some­body who worked with both our youth teams (Un­der 17 and Un­der 23),” JFF di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions, PR and events, Mrs Jan­ice Rose-Brown, told The Gleaner yes­ter­day.

“He was pro­fes­sional. This is some­thing we sin­cerely re­gret and ex­press con­do­lences to all his loved ones,” she added.

Rose-Brown noted that JFF pres­i­dent, Cap­tain Ho­race Bur­rell, was trav­el­ling over­seas at the time and had not yet been no­ti­fied at the time of writ­ing.

Rose-Brown said the last time Gar­wood had worked with any of the na­tional teams was some­time in 2015. Records show that he trav­elled with the young Reg­gae Girlz to a tour­na­ment in Guyana in July 2015.

“We have a cadre of doc­tors that are ro­tated upon avail­abil­ity,” she ex­plained.

Dr Win­ston David­son, who de­scribed him­self as a col­league of Gar­wood, told The Gleaner that he found him to be a very com­mu­nity-minded per­son.

“He was an ex­cel­lent doc­tor and a very dili­gent per­son and very civic-minded per­son,” he said.

“He had the rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing a very com­pe­tent and sound doc­tor and car­ing of his pa­tients,” David­son noted.

Gar­wood, who was a re­cip­i­ent of a 2004 schol­ar­ship from the Ja­maica As­so­ci­a­tion of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, was a gen­eral prac­ti­tioner who worked at the Kingston Pub­lic Hospi­tal.

“We dis­cussed cases to­gether. As a pub­lic health spe­cial­ist he took in­ter­est in com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases and was a very good doc­tor and very good prac­ti­tioner. He par­tic­i­pated in a lot of con­tin­u­ing med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and post grad­u­ate train­ing and he was in­ter­ested in fam­ily medicine and fam­ily,” David­son added. Alia Atkin­son

IAN ALLEN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

RI­CARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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