2013 Village Doctor Outreach Programme – a success
December 13, 2013
2013 Village Doctor Outreach Programme – a success

The 2013 Village Doctor Outreach Programme conducted by the St Vincent Rotary Club, has been hailed a success by the organizers.{{more}}

This year, the club, accompanied by doctors from various areas of expertise, medical students from the Trinity School of Medicine, and members of the Rotaract Club, travelled to the Grenadine island of Mayreau, where more than 130 residents were able to receive free

treatment and have prescriptions filled free of charge.

Travelling from Villa beach on a Fantasea Tours catamaran, the volunteers arrived on the island at about 11am and set up at the Mayreau Government School.

The volunteer doctors, covering the specialties of internal medicine, obstetrics/gynaecology, ophthalmology, paediatrics, rheumatology, surgery and dentistry, screened patients for diabetes and high blood pressure and other ailments, and although there were no immediate emergencies, a number of patients were referred for follow up treatment at a later time on mainland St Vincent.

The residents of the island expressed their gratitude for the Village Doctor programme, and indicated that they looked forward to the return visit of the programme to the island in the near future.

President of the Rotary Club St Vincent Earl Tash said that his organization looks forward to future programmes as well, and on behalf of the Board, the Community Service director, Committee members and all Rotarians, thanked those who made the exercise a tremendous success.

These include S. G. De Freitas, Shepherds Trading, Health 2000 and Stacey Medford, Mountain Top Water, Kelly and Jankie Glass, Dr Hughes Dougan, Dr Bertram Stevens, Dr Amrie Morris- Patterson, Annie Adams, John Roache, Mr Ollivierre, the headteacher of the Mayreau Government School, and the residents of Mayreau.

Last year, the Rotary Village Doctor Programme was held in Rose Hall and in Fancy.