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Americares expanding primary healthcare services on Abaco

Americares, a non-profit disaster relief and global health organization, is planning to provide free medical care throughout Abaco for the next four months.

It expects to provide roughly 3,500 patient consultations during that time.

“Americares has made a commitment to expand access to critical primary care and mental health and psychosocial support services for families recovering from Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas,” the organization said in a press release.

Medical teams will provide primary care and mental health services through June for Hurricane Dorian survivors.

“Services will be offered at no cost seven days per week in Coopers Town, Elbow Cay, Fox Town, Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Man-O-War Cay, Marsh Harbour and Sandy Point,” it said.

Americares Vice President of Emergency Programs Kate Dischino said, “Nearly six months after Hurricane Dorian devastated The Bahamas, thousands are still recovering and need ongoing support.

“We are committed to meeting the physical and mental health needs of survivors as they begin returning to their communities in Abaco.”

Americares said it is working directly with the Ministry of Health to implement its plan.

“Americares has been on the ground in The Bahamas since September, working to restore health services in the hardest-hit communities,” the press release said.

“To date, Americares has provided more than 4,200 medical and 2,500 psychosocial support consultations; and has delivered more than $2.6 million worth of medicine, medical supplies and relief items for families impacted by Hurricane Dorian.”

Dorian, the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in the region, tore through Abaco and Grand Bahama nearly six months ago, leaving ruin in its wake. At least 70 people died in the storm and thousands were left homeless and displaced.

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