Professor Louis Grant worked tirelessly for the Jamaican people
by Makeda K
(Buff Bay P.O. Portland)
Professor Louis Grant: born March 6, 1913 in Clarendon.
He was an internationally acclaimed Pathologist, and Microbiologist who did significant work in the research of Dengue fever and the Aedes Aegypti mosquito along with two other diseases plaguing our nation.
Maybe if he were alive today he would have found a solution to the Zika viruss.
In 1985 Prof. Grant worked tirelessly to get the FISH clinics up and running. He felt poor people should not be denied good medical assistance just because they were not able to pay, or endure the long waiting lists at the regular hospitals for sometimes first stage problems thay could advance making it more complicated and expensive for prople who already could not afford medical costs.
Prof. Grant therefore partnered with top medical universities and specialists overseas for a mutually satisfying exchange.
A holiday in Jamaica in exchange for services to our Jamaican people. During his tenure many top specialists would make the trek to enjoy Jamaica's beauty as well as provide medical care for our less fortunate brothers and sisters, bringing with them vitally needed drugs and medical supplies.
Many fell in love with the island and willingly came year after year at their own or organizations expense bringing others with them, at reaction I guess already calculated by the astute Professor.
He also twinned with International universities for their final year students to come to Jamaica on their internship, thus affording the Jamaican population reasonable medical attention at an affordable cost.
In the 1980's Professor Grant was seen as a "God send" to the citizenry of Papine, August Town, Mona and its environs, as well as scores coming from out-of-town or rural parishes for ophthalmic, dental or medical services.
Numerous were the people who received intra-occular lenses after a much reduced cataract surgery.
Numerous were the accolades and commendations received by the clinic in the 80's from its grateful patients who were served in an atmosphere of love, respect and dignity, values Professor Grant adamantly insisted every employee must display in the course of his/her interaction with the public.
Every employee received free training in Customer Service, in addition to relevant training consequent on the area he/she was assigned. A number of persons were privileged to receive training in what today would be considered "Community Health Aides"- Anotomy, Introduction to Pharmacology, Basic Eye Care, The basic tests i.e blood pressure, sugar, Basic Dental Care etc. all free of cost.
Thank you Professor!!!Wellesley's Note
This is truly inspirational!
Thank you for the recognition Makeda!
It's up to us now to carry on the the mantle of selflessness, and love for one and all, especially the poor and destitute.
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