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May Pen Hospital gets orthopaedic boost

Published:Saturday | October 1, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Medical supplies handed over on Thursday at the May Pen Hospital.
CEO of Jamalco, Antonio Melo.

May Pen Hospital gets orthopaedic boost

Thanks to funding from bauxite and alumina company Jamalco through its Noble Foundation, May Pen Hospital in Clarendon can now treat orthopaedic patients at its facility.

On Thursday, the company handed over an orthopaedic saw, hand sanitisers, wheelchairs, and other well-needed medical supplies and equipment to the hospital valued at US$40,000 (J$4.8 million).

CEO of Jamalco Antonio Melo, in stressing the company's commitment to the health and well-being of the community, said Jamalco was all about "fixing the problem through giving of resources".

"Over the past several years, we have committed a significant amount of money to improve health care, particularly in the parishes of Clarendon and Manchester. Working with the Southern Regional Health Authority, we sourced approximately $4.8 million worth of medical equipment and supplies to be distributed to hospitals throughout the region," he said.

The CEO said they are currently in the process of ordering the second tranche of equipment and supplies.

"This will include beds and stretchers, and we know that these will go a long way in easing the shortage of beds and stretchers at the major hospitals in the region," he said.

Keynote speaker at the handover ceremony, Minister of Transport and Mining Mike Henry, urged that proper care be taken of the equipment even as he made the call for other corporate bodies and entities to develop an unquenchable passion for supporting worthy causes such as Jamalco is doing.