Calls for entertainers to adopt KPH
Following last week’s Labour Day activities at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) senior medical officer Dr Garth McDonald is urging local celebrities to adopt different sections of the health facility. He explained that despite some significant donations over the past week, the hospital needs more help in providing the best healthcare for Jamaicans.
Speaking with The Gleaner in an interview, McDonald expressed that with the KPH handling the bulk of the island’s patients seeking medical attention, the facility is always in dire need. He explained that while entertainers such as Bounty Killer, Stacious, Pamputtae and others have been donating in kind over the past year, he would love to see even more artistes lending a helping hand. Making reference to how the Bustamante Hospital for Children has benefited from the philanthropic efforts of Grammy-winning artiste Shaggy, the KPH could benefit from a similar adoption.
“We want to say a big thanks to the entertainers who have been helping us out by donating much-needed care items, as well as important equipment. This is a big facility, and we are always showing up short somewhere, so we are grateful for the help we have been receiving so far. However, we have many needs at KPH and Victoria Jubilee, and we believe if some more artistes would reach out, we could do a lot more,” he said. “I think for such a large institution that has so many areas, there’s a section to be adopted by different people. So someone can pledge to help the cardiology unit, the ENT (ear, nose and throat) clinic, the orthopaedics section. You can find out about the section’s specific needs and see where you can be of help. So this is an appeal for more persons to come and pledge their help. Bounty Killer comes, and there are other people/artistes who come, but there is still space for more.”
McDonald also called on regular citizens to assist in any way they can. He revealed that even items that seem insignificant could go a far way in providing better healthcare for patients at the hospitals. “Even items as simple as linens (sheets), pampers, paint – because we always need it. You’d be surprised how much things like those can help. Organisations can also come together and purchase hospital equipment like blood pressure machines, thermometers – stuff that are always being destroyed and things that suffer wear and tear. Stuff like ventilators and hospital beds are also always [needed].”