"Juke Bois" Helps Out
Victoria Hospital was the recipient of a quantity of linen from Martha Hilaire, a Saint Lucian, resident in Brooklyn, New York.
Veteran Radio Talk Show Host, Sam "Juke Bois" Flood, presented a donation on behalf of Hilaire to Health and Wellness Senator Mary Issac and Executive Director at Victoria Hospital, Mrs. Jeannette Hughes. Flood explained his involvement, after lamenting the apparent lack of support given to Ms. Hilare by the Saint Lucia Mission in New York. “She called me and hence I got involved. As a typical Saint Lucian, I am happy to be involved and to deliver the linen in the name of the Minister to Victoria Hospital which I refer to as ‘VantVyeFanm-la'. I was born there. So therefore, it is with pleasure and honour, being Saint Lucian, to be able to help our health system."
Hughes was pleased to receive the items on behalf of the management and staff of Victoria Hospital, reaffirming their commitment to the aged institution, in spite of challenges. “Victoria Hospital is a resource constraint institution. However, we have dedicated and committed workers who go over and above the call of duty to deliver the services. All of us know that healthcare is a very challenging service and we strive to meet the needs and expectations of the clientele, and sometimes it's very difficult when persons are dealing with health issues to even explain to them a process. So this is one of the reasons healthcare delivery is very challenging. It is not just at Victoria Hospital or in Saint Lucia; it is worldwide. Delivering healthcare is very challenging because the resources are limited, the needs and the expectations of persons are sometimes way beyond what we can deliver and Victoria Hospital is unique in the sense that we are dealing with a 120-year-old plant, and we have challenges related to that.”
Minister Isaac expressed gratitude for efforts made in sourcing the items saying, “I want to say a special thank you to ‘Juke Bois' for assisting us this morning. He has gone through the whole process of trying to get this here to us and, in spite of the challenges, here we are receiving this today. On behalf of the people of Saint Lucia, I want to also thank the source supplier, Ms. Hilaire, who made this available to us and to say that we do have quite a few Good Samaritans in our diaspora. It is always very welcomed when we receive gifts like this, that we can actually put to use.”
Senator Isaac (right) thanked the Good Samaritan for the donation of linen.