Schools to get med­i­cal equip­ment

Jamaica Gleaner - - ACROSS THE NATION -

THE GOV­ERN­MENT has com­mit­ted $30 mil­lion to­wards a three-year pro­gramme to fur­nish schools with med­i­cal equip­ment, in­clud­ing stretch­ers, as part of emer­gency plans at the in­sti­tu­tions. Un­der the health and safety ini­tia­tive, com­menc­ing this fi­nan­cial year, $10 mil­lion will be spent each year to en­sure med­i­cal emer­gency stan­dards are achieved for the host­ing of sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, says Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion Ruel Reid. Ad­dress­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony at JAMPRO in Kingston yes­ter­day, where Team Ja­maica Bickle pre­sented 15 au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tors (AEDs) to schools across the is­land, the min­is­ter said de­tails of the pro­gramme will be worked out with school prin­ci­pals and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the In­ter-Se­condary Schools Sports As­so­ci­a­tion. The min­is­ter also said ap­proval has been given for 10 per cent of gov­ern­ment funds to schools to be used for sports de­vel­op­ment. Com­mend­ing Team Ja­maica Bickle for the do­na­tion, the min­is­ter said head of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, Ir­wine Clare, had taken keen in­ter­est in the “pro­mo­tion of good health and ed­u­ca­tion in Ja­maica”. The AEDs are por­ta­ble elec­tronic de­vices that au­to­mat­i­cally di­ag­nose life-threat­en­ing car­diac is­sues and are de­signed to be used by layper­sons. Re­ceiv­ing schools were trained to use the ma­chines by ex­perts at­tached to the di­as­pora health care sec­tor. Team Ja­maica Bickle has also part­nered with the Ja­maica As­so­ci­a­tion of Emer­gency Med­i­cal Tech­ni­cians, based at the Univer­sity of the West Indies, to pro­vide on­go­ing train­ing and sup­port to the re­cip­i­ent schools.

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion Ruel Reid (left) and De­nese and David James, par­ents of late school­boy foot­baller Do­minic James, dis­play one of the 15 au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tors pre­sented to schools by Team Ja­maica Bickle at a pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony at JAMPRO head office in New Kingston.

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