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Neonatal Unit at Jubilee reopens after fire

Published:Saturday | February 21, 2015 | 2:00 AM

Four months after a fire damaged sections of the Neonatal Care Unit at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston, the facility has been reopened after being refurbished and upgraded with help from the LIME Foundation.

Chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA), Dr Andrei Cooke, applauded the efforts of the LIME Foundation, noting that the Government alone is unable to financially support the full cost of health care.

"LIME continues to make it clear that they are good corporate citizens with their continuous donations from they were TOJ (Telecommunications of Jamaica). The continued support that we see from them helps us to bridge the gaps in terms of health care," Cooke said.

 

IMPORTANT FACILITY

 

Dr Orville Morgan, senior medical officer at the hospital, highlighted the importance of the facility. He said the Neonatal Unit was an important facility as that is where newborns are taken if they are suffering from health complications.

He pointed out that the unit had not only been refurbished but had also been upgraded. Two qualified paediatricians will be assigned to the unit, with plans to increase the staff complement.

"We will continue to improve the quality of care that we have been providing. We will be not just a unit that exits, but we will be the premier unit of a world-class standard," Morgan asserted.

Errol Miller, executive chairman of the LIME Foundation, said the value of the work undertaken over the last four months totalled $1.4 million and included a new air-conditioning unit, new chairs, a fresh coat of paint, and the replacement of a number of fittings.

On October 23, 2014, a fire consumed portions of the Neonatal Care Unit. The cause was said to be the result of electrical problems in an air-conditioning unit. Staff were treated for minor injuries, but no patients were injured.

richard.mitchell@gleanerjm.com