Good Samaritan Inn Receives Dental Xray Machine
Written by: Phillip E. L. Castell, Director, Communication, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty
The Seventh-day Adventist run Good Samaritan Inn (GSI) Dental Clinic was the recipient of a state of the art dental x-ray machine which was acquired through the partnership of the CHASE Fund and the kind assistance of sponsors and participants in the Good Samaritan 5K Health Run/Walk.
The machine was handed over by the Good Samaritan 5K /Run Walk Committee at an official handover ceremony on May 16, 2018 which was attended by leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA) in East Jamaica Conference (EJC), Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health, Senator, Dr. Floyd Morris, Patron of the GSI 5K Health Walk/Run Event, Mrs. Paulette Mitchell, Project Manager of the Chase Fund, Mark Golding and Rev. Ronald Thwaites, Members of Parliament for constituencies served by the Inn.
Dr. Eric Nathan, President of the SDA Church in EJC and Chairman of the Good Samaritan Inn Board accepted the XZeal Z70-AC x-ray machine on behalf of the church and GSI and thanked the Chase Fund for partnering with the church to provide the machine which would enhance ministry to the people served by the GSI.
“I want to say thanks to the management of the Chase Fund in partnership with the Andrews 5K Health Run/Walk Committee for helping us here at the Good Samaritan Inn offer better ministry to the community who are the real recipients of all we do here,” said Nathan.
In his address, Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton commended the work being done by the Good Samaritan Inn and the Seventh-day Adventist Church and called both of them “model institutions.”
“I admire the work of the Good Samaritan Inn based on its goals and objectives and the work it has been doing over time,” Tufton said. “I also have special admiration for the Seventh-day Adventist Church for its focus on the holistic being,” he added.
According to the Minister partnerships play a critical role in the public sector for organizations to meet certain objectives. He applauded the partnership that was forged between the Andrews Church and the Chase Fund to help the GSI Health Clinic acquire an X-ray machine.
The Health Minister lauded the work of the church for going the extra mile to ensure that the poor are provided with dental care.
Chase Fund Project Manager, Mrs. Paulette Mitchell said the request for assistance was in line with the work of the Chase Fund that has been giving support to many projects in the health sector.
“The question of the 5K Health Run was something that we looked at very carefully and recognized that this is something we needed to support,” said Mrs. Mitchell.
Manager of the Vermont Murray said the GSI started on December 23, 2007 when fifty persons on the street were provided with a meal by the Adventist Laymen Services & Industries, ASI, . He said the inn now provides three hundred meals not only on Sundays but on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Murray added that apart from providing change of clothes, the Inn provides bathroom facilities for people off the streets as well.
“Individuals can have a bath and the abused lady can have shelter at the Inn and this is all done free of cost, thanks to kind sponsors like you,” Murray said
He however noted that there was a need for dental assistance to the community which was being partially fulfilled by partners from overseas over the years.
Murray disclosed that the World Church responded to the request for assistance in in 2014 and in 2016 the facility was built to serve humanity.
Commenting on the work being done at the Good Samaritan Inn, MP, Mark Golding said the work is “far reaching and visionary” and commended the SDA Church for the work that it has been doing at the Inn. “It is remarkable to see the range of activities that are undertaken here,” Golding said, after listening to the activities of the Inn that was outlined earlier by Murray.
The handover ceremony was used to launch this year’s staging of the Andrews Memorial 5K Health Run/ Walk which will take place on Sunday August 26 at 6:00 am.
The Annual Run/Walk is one of the projects facilitated by the Health Ministries Department of the Andrews Memorial SDA Church, and is part of the emphasis on health and wellness. The proceeds from the event primarily support projects at the Good Samaritan Inn and other charities that work with vulnerable communities.
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