Residents Welcome Free Health Screenings as Bolans Clinic Still Closed


UPP Candidate, Kelvin “Shugy” Simon continues to call for the opening of the Bolans clinic which remains closed, more than six months after the official opening last March.

To bring relief to residents in the community, Simon continued the free health screenings drive at Bolans Primary School last Saturday.

Residents without a primary care physician, or those unable to afford medical services, welcomed this initiative that not only focused on their physical health but also their mental health and social needs. 

This community outreach initiative was made possible by a team of volunteer healthcare professionals.

Residents of all ages had an opportunity to check their blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and diabetes risk and, where appropriate, they received referrals for follow-up care.

They were also surveyed about non-medical needs such as diet and exercise that can affect their health.

“The program was very well organized and they made me feel comfortable from the minute I got there. I did some blood work and the results showed that my cholesterol level was high and I got a referral to see a cardiologist.

They also discussed my diet and what medications I take. 

I am grateful for this free check up. We need more services like this in the community that focus on health,” said one of the participants in the program. 

Poor access to health care services in St Mary’s South was Simon’s main motivation for launching this community initiative.

He blasts the Gaston Browne administration for failing to open the new clinic in Bolans.

In addition, the clinic in Johnson’s Point is in a state of disrepair and the pharmacy is closed, forcing residents to go to Browne’s Ave or Gray’s Farm to fill their prescriptions.


“Investing in the health of our community is an investment in our future. Preventive health screenings provide critical information that can help save lives and prevent serious conditions from developing.

It allows our residents to be more proactive in managing their health. We deserve better health services in St. Mary’s South, and I am committed to doing my part to improve the health and wellbeing of our people and, by extension, our economy,” Simon stated.


Simon describes the health screening program as a rousing success and he intends to make it an annual initiative.

He also sees the need for more public health education. He plans to host a community health seminar to increase community awareness about how healthy lifestyle choices can lead to better health, wellness and prevention. 








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  1. Only now Shuggy know that the people need health screening? What did he do for the people in SMS when he was their representative? Is this an election ploy? I hope he follows the lead of the Hon Chet Greene and make it an annual event!

  2. It is a shame that the Bolans clinic has been sitting there for so long and people have to travel to get basic health services. This government is a joke!

    • Do you live in Bolans?

      There is a clinic in the village, however the newly built one is yet to open, after thievery of air conditioning units twice it is taking time to open.

      You people are sooo politically driven and that very sad!

      Shuggy’s “free clinic” is an absolute election ploy as he hasn’t done anything but fumble out his ass.

  3. What is Pringle doing? Shuggy is fairly new in the political arena and is more active in his constituency.

    I’m sorry but I can’t vote for UPP again Pringle is misisng in action and this is just a way to line his pockets.

  4. And did the dog eat your homework? That’s the best excuse you can come with? ACs stolen? Not once but twice? How are ACs secured in other buildings in Antigua?

    So what’s the excuse for no water now?
    The RO plant is missing a part? Please go sit down with your nonsense.

    • You dimwit, even the UPP leader stood in parliament and stated that the water issue is bigger than both parties!

      You couldn’t have lived in Antigua between 2004-2014 when both water and electricity was in the gutter!

      Yes the units are hindering the opening you knucklehead, people must go into a hot clinic?

      You people capitalize toooo much on the wrong things!

      I live Bolans and supported UPP in January and that young man is as worst as Gaston! Call out ignorance and publicity stunts when you see them not only when it’s on the other party’s account!

  5. Excuses, Excuses. Labour is just full of excuses. “We Will Have Water in 14 days” said Gaston Browne in the biggest con ever made in Antigua and Barbuda!!

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