The grounds of Bahamas Academy on Marshall Road were filled with persons seeking medical services. They were all eager to take part in a four day Freedom Medical Clinic that started on Monday. General medical services are being offered including free medical and dental examinations. President of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh Day Adventist Paul Scavella talks about why the clinic is important. “The clinic is being conducted in conjunction with our health department at the South Bahamas Conference with Freedom Clinic International. It is open to the public, as a matter a fact I’ve seen so many people here who are not Adventists and we are just happy to be able to service the public because that's the mission that God has given us to help those who are less fortunate, those who have needs and when we meet peoples’ needs were better able to share the gospel with them.” The non-profit organization has more than 50 volunteers in the country. Executive director Ann Burnett says every patient is being tested for diabetes and hypertension.
“We’re screening for that and anyone with elevated readings will obviously see the medical doctor and be counseled on that. So its general medicine that’s being practiced for the eye care services that’s being offered it includes an examination prescription glasses will be generated so that’s a tremendous blessing and then for dental which is a tremendous need I understand, dental services will include an examination where we determine what service needs to be done and we’ll be offering extractions.” These volunteers are more than happy to be a part of the program. In fact, Grace Daley the director of health services is a former WNBA player, but she finds much joy now in volunteering which she has been doing for the last 10 years. I’ve been volunteering in dentistry for about 10 years and with United Hands for two years and it’s really enjoyable. I love doing this kind of work, the most important message we want people to
know is that you can take responsibility for your health and make positive changes so, my responsibility is to make sure that we teach all the health principles, brushing your teeth, flossing, eating fruits and vegetables.” Free, medical, dental and optical services will be offered there at the Bahamas Academy School on Marshall Road until August 2 nd each day beginning at 6 a.m.