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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Many South Georgia farm workers don't have access to proper health care; so many medical problems go untreated.

The Georgia Farm Workers Health Program is trying to change that.

For as many as six days during the summer they serve the primary care needs of farm workers in five South Georgia counties for free.

They set up a tent city of sorts in Decatur County to treat hundreds of workers.

Leaders of the program say there are more than 100,000 migrant and seasonal farm workers in Georgia.

They often have health problems because of the physical demands of their work and poor access to health care.

"It keeps them out of the emergency rooms as much as possible. It's also preventative, they're out there in the fields working and if we find any disease that's communicable it can be treated," said Sheila Ramier, Ga. Farm Workers Health Program Dir.

Together there were about 160 volunteers including many Emory University students, doctors, nurses, and translators from the area.

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