Seventh-day Adventists aid St Ann's Bay Hospital
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
ST ANN'S BAY, St Ann:
THE ST Ann's Bay Regional Hospital accident and emergency department recently benefited from a donation of a much-needed nebuliser, thanks to the Mount Edgecombe Seventh-day Adventist Church in Runaway Bay, St Ann.
The inspiration to source the machine which is used for treatment of asthma came from the personal experience of church member Hirfa Minto, three months earlier.
"My daughter, Kathi, had an asthma attack," Minto explained. "She went in for treatment, but the hospital had, at that time, three nebulisers and I observed that they should have more. So many persons were waiting. That meant, only those in critical condition received immediate treatment."
Minto immediately rallied her brothers and sisters in collecting funds for the equipment and had support of another good Samaritan, Sandra Brown-Hylton, a pharmacist, in purchasing the equipment.
It was a joy when Minto journeyed to the hospital to present the nebuliser, which was put to use immediately.
"It came right on time," said Dr Tamika Henry, who was on duty at the hospital when they received the machine.
An urgent need
Speaking of the urgent need, Dr Henry said: "There was a lady whose chest was so tight, she needed to be nebulised immediately. The other two devices were in use and this lady was experiencing shortness of breath, wheezing and was becoming so distraught that she contemplated not to wait any longer, but to go to a private doctor. So when Mrs Minto came in with the nebuliser, we had to get it connected immediately. This certainly brought relief to the patient."
According to Dr Henry, who is also an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it is the season for asthma and, on any given shift, there are approximately eight persons waiting on one machine.
Senior pastor of the Mt Edgecombe Seventh-day Adventist Church, Omar Oliphant, has commended the philanthropic efforts of the members.
He has also committed to making the initiative a districtwide and yearly project aimed at increasing the number of nebulisers at the hospital.
The North Jamaica Council Save-A-Youth Foundation will partner with its partners in securing at least six nebulisers for the new year, Oliphant stated.
"Efforts as these advance the King's agenda here on earth and allow a glimmer of hope to shine along the pathway of our fellow men," said the pastor.
Meanwhile, chief executive officer of the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital, Leo Garel, has expressed his appreciation for the gift.
"Your assistance in the donation of this much-needed nebuliser to the hospital will help in improving health care in the North East Regional Health Authority and, by extension, the country," Garel told the donors.