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Ross University Bahamas' students participate in Marco City health screening
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Oct 28, 2009 - 5:24:53 PM

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SLIDE SHOW: Marco City residents came out to have their health checked at the Urban Renewal Centre on October 24th. The event was assisted by Ross University students and nurses from the Rand Memorial Hospital. Photos Robbin Whachell

Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas - On Saturday, October 24th nine Ross University Bahamas students participated in giving free health screenings at the Marco City Urban Renewal Centre in Freeport.

The event was organized by Mrs. Myrtle Cartwright, the Centre manager.  Nurses from the Rand Memorial Hospital also participated, those being Kathy Saunder, Debra Smith and coordinator, Yvonne Clarke.

"We are pleased to have had Ross University assisting us. The community enjoyed having them here and the students not only performed the tests, they also helped educate us on good health maintenance and awareness," said Mrs. Cartwright.

The Centre runs health screening for the local constituency every three months and persons were able to come out between 10am and 2pm to have their blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar, and weight checked.

The Ross students volunteered their time in two 2-hour shifts. Students who participated  were
Rich Chan , Daniel Ezekwudo , Glynn Faircloth , Yunan Wang, Rebecca Charland, Jennifer Lee, Rachel Lacy, Christopher Hancock, and Latha Jayakumar .

"I felt the health screening went very well. It was beneficial for both the community and the Ross students. It was great to put all the skills and knowledge we are learning  in school to use in real life and actually get out into the community and meet people," said Ross student Latha Jayakumar.

Assisting at the Marco City Urban Renewal Center are facilitator Judy Russell, and assistants Veronica Kemp, and Chenana Gibson.

Ross University was founded in 1978 and is a provider of medical and veterinary education offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. The School of Medicine is located in Dominica, West Indies, and the Freeport, Grand Bahama campus recently opened in January 2009. The School of Veterinary Medicine is located in St. Kitts. Ross University's administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ.  Ross University has more than 9,000 alumni with M.D. and D.V.M. degrees. http://www.rossu.edu/

Ross student Jennifer Lee measures the height of a Marco City constituency resident during their health screenings done on October 24th. Photo: Robbin Whachell

Ross University students, Rebecca Charland and Yunan Wang stand outside the Marco City Urban Renewal Centre on Saturday, October 24th where a health screening service was provided to the residents of that constituency. Standing left is the event organizer and manager of the centre, Mrs. Myrtle Cartwright. Photo: Robbin Whachell

Ross University students assist during health screenings at the Marco City Urban Renewal Centre on October 24th. Left is Christopher Hancock, and right is Rachel Lacy. Photo: Robbin Whachell

Ross student Rebecca Charland checks the blood pressure of a Marco City resident on Saturday, October 24th at the Urban Renewal Centre. Seen far left is Rachel Lacy, and far right is Yunan Wang. Photo: Robbin Whachell

Ross University students arriving fill the second shift at the Marco City Urban Renewal Centre where health screenings were offered to the residents. Left to Right is Glynn Faircloth, Daniel Ezekwudo, Richard Chan, and Latha Jayakumar. Photo: Robbin Whachell

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