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Half million US dollars difference - Shaggy's foundation donates to Bustamante Hospital

Published:Thursday | July 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM
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The Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation (SMADF) has handed over medical equipment to the Bustamante Hospital For Children. The first of a two-part handover of equipment, furniture, parts and accessories it has a combined valued of more than US$529,000.

Rebecca Burrell, SMADF's executive director, said the foundation hired a medical technologist to "determine what was needed to be bought, fixed and replaced. We had extensive consultations with the management of the Bustamante Hospital to determine the best path forward: she said.

"We had to determine a strategy for solving the long-term needs of the hospital, and that was where the audit came in," Burrell said. Apart from the day of the handover, she said, "The Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation has has donated more than 400 pieces of equipment so far, and now we are streamlining and expanding our response to the needs,"

The second handover is set for September this year. The first includes ventilators, resuscitaires and neonatal patient monitors, as well as IV sands, beds and bedside lockers, privacy screens, cast cutters, cribs, bassinets and medical trolleys. The SMADF is also donating the services of a medical equipment technician for three years to service, maintain, and repair all of the equipment at the hospital.




Shaggy, founder and chairman of the SMADF, said he's "proud that the foundation, through the help of our dedicated patrons and friends who dare to save a life every time we ask, is able to continue its work and partnership with the Bustamante Hospital.

"We all know that Bustamante is the only hospital of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean. It's something we talk about all the time, and year after year, thanks to everyone who helps, they are more and more able to give their precious patients the best care," Shaggy said.

CEO of the hospital, Anthony Wood, said that the hospital is ready to step up to the challenge.

"The Bustamante Hospital has some of the best health care practitioners and caregivers in the world. They are dedicated and excited about the future of our partnership with the Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation and continue to deliver and improve the quality, capacity and consistency of the services we offer," Wood said,

Shaggy was introduced to the Bustamante Hospital for Children more than a decade ago while visiting the son of a friend.