“Running belly can kill”

I was at a health clinic in rural Jamaica the other day. I have no doubt that the health care professionals are providing good service, but the conditions they work in are less than favourable. I have heard this from a friend who is a nurse in Rae Town, a tiny, poor fishing village just outside of Kingston, that this is indeed the situation. These health care professionals don’t have all the products and tools they need and have to squeeze too many patients in during the day. They are also packed into tight quarters, patients and professionals alike. Especially these days, as ChikV continues to run rampant.

In any case, at this rural clinic, this worn, faded and dated poster caught my eye. It is informing people about the dangers of gastrointestinal disorders. Seems emblematic of the situation somehow.

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