The Adventist Church in Central Jamaica partnered with the Ministry of Health in Clarendon to help with the Ministry’s drive to educate the public on dengue during a Health Expo in May Pen on January 20, 2019.
On January 3, 2019, at 123 reported cases, the Ministry of Health declared that there is a dengue outbreak in Jamaica. According to news reports, there have been 16 reported deaths, resulting from dengue fever.
Therefore, when the church approached the Clarendon Health Department, inviting their partnership for Health Expo in the parish, dengue education was high on the agenda for the Ministry of Health.
During a march, the day before, on Sabbath, January 19, 2019, members of the church and a team from the Ministry of Health distributed over 1,500 flyers with dengue-related information.
On the day of the expo, the Health Department had a booth set up to give practical information on dengue prevention and they also gave a 20-minute presentation to the over 200 patrons who stopped by the Health Expo. The presentation was done by Mrs. Linnees Green-Baker, Chief Public Health Inspector, Clarendon Health Services.