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NCB banks on the nation’s health for Labour Day

Published:Monday | May 23, 2016 | 5:00 AM
NCB Foundation CEO Nadeen Matthews (left) and Chair Thalia Lyn.

Three health centres across the island will benefit from infrastructure upgrade and equipment, valuing approximately J$3 million, from the NCB Foundation on Labour Day.

In addition to this, 31 primary schools across the island will also be attended today through the NCB branch network. NCB's support for this year's Labour Day will total $6.1 million. The planned activities are in keeping with the national Labour Day theme, "For Health's Sake, Keep it Clean", and will see NCB staff and volunteers participating in beautification and clean-up projects aimed at preventing further spread of the Zika and other vector viruses.

Following consultations with the Ministry of Health (MOH), NCB Foundation targeted the clinics, one in each county, based on the need and number of patients. In a bid to meet the most prominent needs, which include various repairs, proper garbage disposal and water tanks, the institutions will also receive donations of digital health kits consisting of blood pressure monitors, scales, thermometers and other tools to better equip medical personnel in the initial examination and screening process.

"The kits are intended to allow for more efficient screening, taking into consideration current scarcities in the sector. The equipment are expected to supplement existing services and infrastructure, all while promoting holistic check-ups for residents," Nadeen Matthews, CEO of NCB Foundation, said. Activities are slated to take place primarily at the Olympic Way Health Centre in Olympic Gardens in Surrey. The other two are the Brown's Town Health Centre in Middlesex and the Lucea Health Centre in Cornwall.

"The idea is to have the greatest impact and so we selected these clinics considering the number of people who depend on their operation. As it stands, they cater to an average of approximately 16,900 people monthly. It is both incredible and scary to think they do so much with what limited resource they have at their disposal," Thalia Lyn, chairperson of the NCB Foundation explained. However, with education being a main focus of the Foundation's mandate, the state of health in education will also be taken into consideration on Labour Day.