Princess Margaret gets well-needed equipment
Jolyn Bryan, Gleaner Writer
The Jamaica Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (JAIFA), in a small ceremony on Tuesday, donated a colposcope to the Princess Margaret Hospital, following consultation between the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) and the association. The colposcope, along with additional equipment and installation, is valued at more than $800,000, and is used in the diagnosis of cervical cancer. Pauline Archer, president of JAIFA and a native of St Thomas, said that the donation was especially poignant in October, a month celebrated as Breast Cancer Awareness and Women's month. She went on to say that the association would have had a positive impact on the people of St Thomas if one woman's life was changed by the donation.
Ob-Gyn Dr Yvette Pusey, who accepted on behalf of the hospital, expressed her gratitude for the equipment, explaining that the colposcope was a less invasive way to further diagnose women who presented abnormalities in their screening pap smears, as opposed to biopsies, which had long-term effects and complications. Previously, the only hospitals under SERHA to offer colposcopy were the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston, and the Queen Sofia of Spain Women's Centre in Spanish Town. Pusey commended JAIFA for improving the quality of care offered to the women of St Thomas, Portland, and St Andrew.
Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson, who was also present, added his commendation, congratulating JAIFA president Pauline Archer for "a promise made, and a promise kept". He expressed that the donation would mark a milestone in the gynaecological care offered at the Princess Margaret Hospital, and a critical point in the fight against cervical cancer by the Ministry of Health.