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Food For The Poor donates IV fluid to health ministry

Published:Thursday | September 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Photo Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson (second left) examines boxes of IV fluids that were officially handed over to the ministry recently, courtesy of Food For The Poor Jamaica, at Ellerslie Pen, Spanish Town, St Catherine. Participating in the handover ceremony were (from left) David Mair, executive director, FFP Jamaica; Andrew Mahfood, chairman; and Dr Andrei Cooke, acting chairman for the South East Regional Health Authority.

Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica recently fulfilled its promise to the Ministry of Health by donating 16,000 units of intravenous (IV) fluid, valued at approximately US$15,600 (J$1.75 million). The fluid was sourced by FFP's head office in Florida, and the donation took place at its chapel in Ellerslie Pen, Spanish Town.

This donation includes: 1,000 millilitre bottles of fluid, 500 ml bottles of fluid, 50 ml bottles of fluid, and approximately 50,000 10ml vials.

The donation was made possible with contributions from donors worldwide, including United States pensioners who gave instructions to their banks for automatic deductions from their pensions because they care for the poor.

In 2013, FFP gave more than 200 wheelchairs, 40 hospital beds, operating theatre lights, stretchers and equipped lounge areas. For the past two years the amount donated is approximately $3.16 billion.