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UTECH comes good for CRH

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMAdrian Frater
Nikiesha Ricketts (left), Manager Radiology Department, Cornwall Regional Hospital; Anthony Smikle (second left), Acting Chief Executive Officer CRH; accepts a cheque for $250,000 from Sophia McIntosh (third left), Lecturer, University of Technology Western Campus; Lloye Guwalani (second right), Fundraising Chair of the Seminar Group; and Ileania Whittingham, Seminar Group President.

Thanks to the generosity of the University of Technology (UTech) Western Campus Seminar Group, women in western Jamaica, who might be at risk for breast cancer will soon be able to access mammography services at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay.

The UTech Western Campus Seminar Group has raised $250,000 to assist with the purchase of an illuminator for the Mammography Suite. The equipment will help in the early detection of developing tumors in the breast.

The money, which was raised over a one-year period, was presented in the form of a cheque to Anthony Smikle, the acting chief executive officer of the CRH, by President of the Seminar Group Ileania Whittingham, last Wednesday.

"We selected the Cornwall Regional Hospital, particularly cancer detection and diagnosis, and so, it is in aid of the mammography service," said Whittingham, who said that the UTech Western Campus students engaged in a seminar for a year and one of its objectives was to give to a charity.

Whittingham said: "Over the years, more persons were being diagnosed with cancer at a late stage, hence they are dying, so we believe that if we get the service up and running in this hospital, then cancer can be detected early, treated early, and lives can be saved."

fundraising activities

In its effort to generate the funding, the UTech group undertook several fundraising activities in partnership with businesses in Montego Bay.

Nikeisha Ricketts, the manager of the CRH Radiology Department, shared the sentiment that breast cancer was prevalent in Jamaica, noting that it is listed as the second leading cause of death among women.

"Having this (illuminator) to help us with the 'mammo' service will help to reduce the numbers," said Ricketts.

In expressing gratitude on behalf of the hospital to the UTech students, Smikle said their generosity had placed the hospital in an enviable position.

"When the radiography unit is upgraded with the diagnostic machine, Cornwall Regional will be only the second hospital in the public sector and the first in the western region to offer mammography service," said Smikle. "Having the mammography unit operational is very important, so we are grateful to the UTech Seminar Group and thank them on behalf of the management and the board."