Schools to get funds for buying medical equipment
The Government has committed J$30 million towards a three-year programme to furnish public schools with medical equipment.
Education Minister Ruel Reid says starting this financial year, J$10 million will be spent each year to secure stretchers and other equipment needed to ensure that medical emergency standards are met for the hosting of sporting events.
According to Reid, the spending is part of a health and safety initiative being undertaken by the government.
He says details of the programme will be worked out with school principals and representatives of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association.
The announcement comes weeks after former St George’s College Manning Cup captain Dominic James collapsed during a match at the Stadium East play field and later died at hospital.
The education minister was addressing a ceremony in Kingston on Friday where the United States-based Team Jamaica Bickle presented 15 automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to schools across the island.