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Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Gives New Health Access To Moms In West Just In Time For Mother’s Day

PAID FOR BY UNCLE SAM: The newly-renovated Women Infants and Children (WIC) Clinic in Frederiksted.

FREDERIKSTED — The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Clinic in Frederiksted re-opened this week after more than a decade of being shuttered.

The Department of Health sponsored a ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place at 10 a.m. on Monday.

People in attendance got a full tour of the newly-renovated facility along with refreshments and other free “giveaways” just for being there.

Health Commissioner Michelle Davis said that WIC benefits work for the lifetime of the child and include services and resources for pregnant women and their children.

“Today I am very happy say that after 11 years of closure, the Department of Health has resumed the convenience of the WIC Clinic for our clients living in the west side of St. Croix,” Davis said. “WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health care and social services for thousands of families in the territory, and it plays a crucial role in improving lifetime health for women, their infants, and young children.”

WIC participants who reside on the west of St. Croix can obtain their re-certification, check pickup appointments, nutrition counseling and all other services at the clinic in Frederiksted.

To learn more about the WIC service or to find out if you’re eligible please call (340) 772-1808 and (340) 778-7799 (Frederiksted); (340) 718-1311 x 3750 (Charles Harwood Complex); (340) 776-1770 x 3009 (Roy L Schneider Clinic); (340) 775- 5922 (Tutu Park) and (340) 693-8186 (Morris DeCastro Clinic, St. John).

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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