'We are sticking to our commitment’
Pastor Glen Samuels, president of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (WJC), has reaffirmed his organisation's commitment to assist the neighbouring Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) with provision of space while the hospital's administration works on resolving its air-quality issues.
In an interview with The Gleaner yesterday, Samuels said that while a number of the WJC's programmes have had to be adjusted to accommodate some of the CRH's departments, which have been relocated there, the WJC would continue to support the Mt Salem-based Type-A facility.
"We had given them (CRH) a commitment, and so we tried to shift some of our programmes as best we can. It is not as comfortable for us as before, but it is not a problem that we cannot handle," said Samuels.
"We continue to wish the CRH well and we hope they will get back to their full operations at the hospital. We will continue to help as long as we can help," added Samuels.
Earlier this year, several departments on the hospital's first three floors had to be relocated due to noxious fumes. Investigations by the health ministry and the Pan American Health Organisation subsequently identified the facility's ventilation system as the source of the fumes.
Presently, a number of the CRH's clinics and lab operations are housed on the WJC grounds.
In the meantime, Dr Ken-Garfield Douglas, regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), expressed gratitude to the WJC for granting space for the CRH's facilities.
"We continue to be grateful that they have afforded us the opportunity to use the space. The clinics are there, and we have no problems on that side," said Douglas.