Opening hours extended at health clinics

Opening hours extended at health clinics

BY CLAUDIENNE
EDWARDS
Observer writer
edwardsc@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

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The opening hours for State-operated health clinics at Duhaney Park, Olympic Gardens, Slipe Pen Road, Glen Vincent, and Stony Hill in Kingston and St Andrew have been extended for certain periods to facilitate people experiencing dengue fever symptoms.

This was disclosed by Kingston Mayor Delroy Williams at yesterday’s council meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation.

In response to a question from the Jamaica Observer late afternoon, Steven Davidson, public relations manager at the Ministry of Health (MOH), said that the decision to extend the opening hours of the clinics stemmed from the surveillance bulletin from the Epidemiological Report that showed that the majority of dengue cases in the island were from Kingston and St Andrew.

He said that in December there were 32 “suspected presumed confirmed dengue cases” in the municipality.

Davidson said that the health clinics normally close at 5:00 pm but the hours will be extended on some days. He said that the Glen Vincent Memorial Clinic at 3 Trevennion Park Road, Kingston 5, will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday to Friday. The Duhaney Park clinic will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 8:00 am to midday on Saturdays.

The clinic in Olympic Gardens will have extended opening hours on Mondays and Wednesdays when patients will be seen from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Opening hours at the Stony Hill clinic on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Meanwhile, the mayor said that in light of the dengue outbreak he was calling on citizens to cover storage water and to punch holes in containers being thrown into the garbage.

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