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Five UWI Graduates honoured by Jamaica Medical Foundation

Awardees pose with Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller and their citations. 
The Jamaica Medical Foundation – an outreach arm of the insurance Association of Jamaica - has awarded five UWI Graduates for outstanding achievements in the medical field, and on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.
 They are: •    Professor Joseph Frederick, Director of the Hugh Wynter Fertility Management Unit which has led the expansion and transformation of the unit to a world class facility;•    Dr. Wendel Abel, OD, for sensitizing the public on mental health issues and the value of good mental health care;•    Professor Barrie Hanchard, CD, for his devotion to academia and pioneering work in pathological science which has received international acclaim;•    Professor Michael Lee, who has taken the emerging discipline of gastroenterology to a world class standard in Jamaica;•    Dr Peter Wellington, OD surgeon and Senior Medical Officer who coordinated the transformation of the Mandeville Hospital into a first class institution
Professor Frederick, who responded on behalf of the Awardees, heaped praise upon the University of the West Indies, and gave the institution credit for cultivating the career paths of the Awardees.  He said: “The UWI is the monument that still stands tall, as, the beacon of hope for many poor West Indians like us who could emerge out of the rubble of despair and turn our lives into engines of productivity for our Caribbean people ...
“From that hallowed citadel, springs the fountainhead which irrigates our Commonwealth Caribbean with higher learning.  This is our institution whose cannons shape our lives, and ensure that we cater to the ever increasing needs and aspiration of our people.”
Professor Frederick said the approach to the delivery of health care in the 21st century must focus on research in Biomarkers for screening and early detection of disease. He noted that biomarkers represent a critical area of research geared towards pre-emptive forms of treatment. This, he noted, would upgrade the performance of the health sector and enhance the quality of life of Caribbean people.
He commended the Foundation for its tremendous drive towards the promotion of research activities.  However, he noted, modern day research requires introduction of new technology which changes the vocabulary from the traditional method of practice to minimally invasive forms of investigation and treatment protocols.
Professor Frederick said the ultimate aim is to develop the health care delivery systems in Jamaica to such a high standard that the Jamaican Diaspora returns to Jamaica for medical care, thereby reversing the outflow of foreign exchange to other countries.

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