Non-profit organization Americares, which signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government last month for healthcare support on New Providence and Abaco, will be extending its service for an additional three months.
The original agreement was to end in March, however, in a recent press statement the organization announced that it will now be operating through June, during which time it will offer free healthcare services seven days a week to eight settlements on Abaco.
“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 statement read.
“The health-focused relief and development organization announced ‘Increasing Access to Health Services for Dorian Survivors’ yesterday as a commitment to action at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“Americares medical teams will provide essential primary care and mental health services on the Abaco Islands through June to support the ongoing health needs of 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 Harbor and Sandy Point.”
The release added, “Americares is working directly with The Bahamas Ministry of Health to implement its commitment to action, which is expected to provide 3,500 patient consultations over the next four months.”
The MOU facilitates “critical primary health, mental health, psychosocial support services, with a social worker and clinical psychologist, as well as training to strengthen the capacity of the Bahamian healthcare system, specifically through the Ministry of Health, with first responders and other stakeholders to aid recovery from Hurricane Dorian”, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said last month.
He also noted that Americares has been supporting The Bahamas since September, shortly after Dorian wreaked havoc on Abaco and Grand Bahama, by providing medicine and healthcare support directly to survivors both on Abaco as well as in shelters on New Providence.
Americares is a “health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves the health of people affected by poverty or disaster”.