Company teaming with rotary clubs in South GA to provide free prescription medications

Health clinic donations

HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) - Some of us might take for granted the prescriptions we get refilled - maybe even without getting out of our cars.

For some, either the price or the access keeps medicine and good health out of reach. Simple medicines for things like high blood pressure can be the difference between somebody being productive and in the work place, or constantly ill and in the emergency room.

Tuesday, one group in Hinesville made the first of many deliveries to help. The free prescription medicines arrived at Diversity Health Center after local rotary clubs in Hinesville, Jesup, and others teamed up with international relief group, MAP International. The center’s CEO told Rotarians many patients stay ill because they can’t afford their prescriptions.

“So, you wind up with patients back in the clinic because they haven’t been able to treat the chronic illness that they have,” said Stephanie Jones-Heath, Diversity Health Center.

MAP International helps send medical supplies worldwide, but is teaming with rotary clubs in South Georgia. They can’t ship medicines overseas if they are even six months from expiring, but they can distribute them locally.

“There’s a large need across Georgia for consistent provision of medication for chronic disease management on things like asthma, diabetes, cholesterol, and hypertension,” said Jason Elliott, MAP International.

Rotary leaders say this helps everybody in the community, whether they use the clinic or not.

“You have 60 percent less recidivism of patients back in the ER, driving up the costs for those of us fortunate enough to have insurance,” said Margaret Jacobs, Rotary Club, District Governor.

Jacobs says rotary clubs in Vidalia, Valdosta, and other surrounding towns have adopted similar clinics near them. They hope to see even more clubs following this lead.

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