Work­ing to help di­a­bet­ics


Jamaica Gleaner - - LIONS CLUB FEATURE -

IN MARCH 2001, the man­age­ment of the St Thomas branch of the Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion was handed over to the St Thomas Li­ons Club. This ven­ture was spear­headed by Lurline Less and Owen Bernard of the Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion, and Li­ons Marcia Bennett and James Palmer of the St Thomas Li­ons Club.

The club ac­quired a new home for the Di­a­betic Cen­tre and since Novem­ber 2014, it is named the St Thomas Li­ons Cen­tre. The former health min­is­ter, Dr Fen­ton Fer­gu­son, and Lion Isaac Solomon opened the cen­tre. The then District Gov­er­nor was on hand to wit­ness the achieve­ment.

Lion Michael Wal­lace man­ages the branch, sup­ported by health tech­ni­cian Stephanie Walker and Den­nis Tay­lor, who works as the bearer.

The ser­vices of­fered at the cen­tre in­clude blood pres­sure, blood sugar, ECG, foot care, total choles­terol, Body Mass In­dex, Dop­pler, diet coun­selling, and doc­tor vis­its on Mon­days and Thurs­days. The staff con­ducts nu­mer­ous out­reach ses­sions, pre­sen­ta­tions at schools, churches, and busi­ness places. They have also par­tic­i­pated in is­land­wide out­reaches with the Na­tional Health Fund.

The clinic has been heav­ily utilised in the par­ish, with over 6,000 checks be­ing done yearly. The Di­a­betic Cen­tre is most in­stru­men­tal in the par­ish as it aims to ad­dress the main life­style dis­eases of hy­per­ten­sion and di­a­betes.

The club hon­ours the late Li­ons Olive and Ron McKen­zie, be­cause with­out their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion, this dream would not have been pos­si­ble. The club re­mains com­mit­ted to the theme – ‘Un­til there is a cure – let us give the care’.

Lion Michael pro­vid­ing foot care.

Past District Gov­er­nor Lion Isaac Solomon mak­ing re­marks at the his­toric open­ing of the St Thomas Cen­tre.

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