Hos­pi­tals gifted with equip­ment, sup­plies

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

Ernie San­dona (left), bio­med­i­cal en­gi­neer and Issa Trust Foun­da­tion vol­un­teer, demon­strates some of the mod­ern features of the state-of-the art ECG ma­chine to Dr Vin­cent Ri­ley, car­di­ol­o­gist. OVER THE past two weeks, the Issa Trust Foun­da­tion – founded as the non-profit arm of Cou­ples Re­sorts in 2005 – has do­nated a to­tal of $10.3 mil­lion in equip­ment and sup­plies to hos­pi­tals in St Mary, St Ann and Port­land as well as the Sa­van­nala-Mar Hos­pi­tal. Twenty au­to­claves (val­ued at $3.4 mil­lion), which are med­i­cal elec­tronic equip­ment that ster­ilise sur­gi­cal in­stru­ments un­der high tem­per­a­ture and high pres­sure, were part of the do­na­tion, as well as a new Welch Al­lyn ECG ma­chine val­ued at $580,000. A cru­cial el­e­ment of do­na­tions made by the Issa Trust Foun­da­tion is the pro­vi­sion of train­ing and main­te­nance. Ernie San­dona, a bio­med­i­cal en­gi­neer from Michi­gan, United States, was on hand to con­duct a train­ing ses­sion to ap­prox­i­mately 30 at­ten­dees at the An­notto Bay Con­fer­ence Cen­tre. His train­ing fo­cused on the proper use and main­te­nance of the equip­ment to en­sure longevity.

A ship­ment of new cribs, mat­tresses, IV poles and baby scales, all do­nated by Di­rect Re­lief, a val­ued part­ner of the Issa Trust Foun­da­tion, was made to the St Ann’s Bay Hos­pi­tal with a value of $1.9 mil­lion.

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