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Giving praise when it's due

Published:Tuesday | December 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

On Sunday, December 18, we had reason to take a young woman to the maternity ward of the University Hospital. It was about 11:45 p.m., and from we entered the facility, the politeness with which we were met was first class. From the security guard who ran ahead and punched the floor at the elevator, to the nurses who made the quiet, efficient atmosphere appear to be fully in their control, we saw one doctor who was outclassed by these nurses.

We want to recognise Sister S. Heslop-Barnett, who actually said if she were to live a thousand lives, she would live every one as a nurse; and nurses Tannecia Stewart, Ronice Bent, Julie McLeod and the whole crew. What an excellent bunch!

As we continue to give credit to our people, we need especially to commend our police. They are not recognised enough. In addition to facing daily combat, they have to apprehend and transport maggot-filled, deranged people to the hospitals. We need to think about them; they are certainly not as bad as American police!

Today, I wish to recognise Ms Ann-Maureen Cameron of Greater Portmore High School, an excellent teacher whose impact is not only in her ability to impart English language to students who were thought to be mediocre but were transformed into excellent CXC Grade One candidates, but her love for those students is of such that the students idolise her. She is their mother, friend, counsellor. We need to uplift and highlight our people!

J.M. FLETCHER

Irish Town, St Andrew