Hundreds of residents including women and children in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, trooped to the Paynesville Town Hall last Saturday to access free medical services.
The free medical care was provided to the locals as part of the 3rd annual Health Fair organized by the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC). The health fair began with a bike ride along the major streets in the municipality.
Jani Jallah, PCC Public Relations Director, said the event is a charity program instituted two years ago by the City Mayor, Cyvette Gibson, to give back to the people of Paynesville.
She said the event would remain a major program in the city if the residents remain part of the process.
The exercise took into effect family planning and women’s health issues, including treatments for various ailments.
Jallah said the Montserrado Health Team and a Chinese Medical Team are among partners that are rendering the free services.
“We decided to have a health fair because we wanted to ensure that our citizens have access to proper healthcare. One of the reasons we found this necessary is because we want to build a municipality of healthy citizens,” she said.
Ms. Jallah observed that while organizing the fair, they contacted several health centers, who were all receptive, adding, “They screened and provided treatments for the residents that turned out.”
Mother of two Kebbeh Flomo expressed gratitude to PCC for the initiative, which she said benefitted city inhabitants.
She then expressed the hope that the fair continues beyond its third installment.
Another beneficiary, Mamie Johnson, said the health fair is good because it helps people to know their health status.
Johnson said she was treated, given medications and advised to do a follow up at a local hospital. “You see, it is difficult for us to do our checkups when we fall sick…I did not know that my blood pressure was this high. I want to thank those providing these services, especially the PCC.”