May Pen Hos­pi­tal gets or­thopaedic boost

Jamaica Gleaner - - ACROSS THE NATION -

THANKS TO fund­ing from baux­ite and alu­mina com­pany Ja­malco through its Noble Foun­da­tion, May Pen Hos­pi­tal in Claren­don can now treat or­thopaedic pa­tients at its fa­cil­ity.

On Thurs­day, the com­pany handed over an or­thopaedic saw, hand sani­tis­ers, wheel­chairs, and other well-needed med­i­cal sup­plies and equip­ment to the hos­pi­tal val­ued at US$40,000 (J$4.8 mil­lion).

CEO of Ja­malco An­to­nio Melo, in stress­ing the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to the health and well-be­ing of the com­mu­nity, said Ja­malco was all about “fixing the prob­lem through giv­ing of re­sources”. “Over the past sev­eral years, we have com­mit­ted a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money to im­prove

health care, par­tic­u­larly in the parishes of Claren­don and Manch­ester. Work­ing with the South­ern Re­gional Health Au­thor­ity, we sourced ap­prox­i­mately $4.8 mil­lion worth of med­i­cal equip­ment and sup­plies to be dis­trib­uted to hos­pi­tals through­out the re­gion,” he said.

The CEO said they are cur­rently in the process of or­der­ing the sec­ond tranche of equip­ment and sup­plies.

“This will in­clude beds and stretch­ers, and we know that these will go a long way in eas­ing the short­age of beds and stretch­ers at the ma­jor hos­pi­tals in the re­gion,” he said.

Key­note speaker at the han­dover cer­e­mony, Min­is­ter of Trans­port and Min­ing Mike Henry, urged that proper care be taken of the equip­ment even as he made the call for other cor­po­rate bod­ies and en­ti­ties to de­velop an un­quench­able pas­sion for sup­port­ing wor­thy causes such as Ja­malco is do­ing.

Med­i­cal sup­plies handed over on Thurs­day at the May Pen Hos­pi­tal.

CEO of Ja­malco, An­to­nio Melo.

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