Black River Hos­pi­tal gets 20 wheel­chairs

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

THERE WERE a lot of happy faces and ex­pres­sions of gratitude at the Black River Hos­pi­tal in St El­iz­a­beth last Fri­day, where 20 wheel­chairs were pre­sented to the man­age­ment and staff at the fa­cil­ity.

The do­na­tion was made pos­si­ble through a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the chair­man of the Ja­maica Ho­tel and Tourist As­so­ci­a­tion’s south coast chap­ter, Ja­son Hen­zell, and Tank-Weld Met­als.

Se­nior sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive at Tank-Weld, Ju­nior Sin­clair, said his com­pany was happy to have been able to part­ner with Hen­zell to as­sist the Black River Hos­pi­tal.

“Health is ev­ery­body’s busi­ness,” he noted. “We have to recog­nise that the Gov­ern­ment will not be able to do ev­ery­thing, and so it is im­por­tant when pri­vate com­pa­nies can step up to the plate and make a con­tri­bu­tion,” he said.

For his part, Hen­zell in­formed that it was while he was a pa­tient at the hos­pi­tal more than a month ago that he first saw the need for the wheel­chairs.

“I de­cided to reach out to the Tank-Weld fam­ily on be­half of the Black River Hos­pi­tal. They re­sponded im­me­di­ately and to­day, here we are with these much-needed gifts that will make life a lot eas­ier for both the pa­tients and staff at this fa­cil­ity,” he said.

Hen­zell pointed to the need for greater pub­licpri­vate sec­tor part­ner­ship to as­sist the hos­pi­tal, which is one of the ma­jor health fa­cil­i­ties on the south coast.

“The hos­pi­tal needs all the help it can get, be­cause of the amount of peo­ple it has to ac­com­mo­date,” Hen­zell added.

“I know I will con­tinue to do my part in reach­ing out to all my cor­po­rate friends, es­pe­cially here on the south coast, to see what we can do to fur­ther as­sist,” he pledged.

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