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Rotary International donates eye-care equipment to CRH

Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas
Haresh Ramchandani (left), district governor of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay East, receives a presentation of eye-care microscopic equipment for the Cornwall Regional Hospital from John Germ, president of the Rotary Club International, during a handing-over ceremony held at the hospital on Friday.

The capacity of the Ophthalmology Department at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay got a major boost last Friday when Rotary Club International presented the hospital with microscopic equipment valued at $10 million.

The equipment, which should improve eye-care services at the hospital, includes an operating theatre microscope and a number of slit-lamps (lamps that emit narrow beams of light to examine the interior of the eye), which were purchased in the United States through funds sourced by members of the Rotary Districts of Zones 33 and 34.

"This is an idea that was generated almost two years ago ... it was a team effort that made this event happen," said John Germ, the president of Rotary Club International. "It took the cooperation of everyone sitting here from Zones 33 and 34, and it also took the cooperation of the hospital and all the workers here to make this happen."


Centennial project

The donation, which was part of the Rotary Club's Centennial Global Grant Project, was done to honour the memory of the late George Tyson of the Rotary Club's District 7610 in Virginia in the United States.

"You have done something today that is going to make a great impact on this community because of the surgeries that can now be done in a safer way," said Germ, in thanking Rotarians, who acted on a 2014 recommendation for the provision of the eye-care equipment. "People you will never see, who you will never meet, and who you will never know, will benefit from your generosity."



In expressing thanks for the donated equipment, Anthony Smikle, the chief executive officer at CRH, said the gesture was a timely one for the 400-bed medical institution.

"We want to express our sincere gratitude for this gesture this significant donation of the operating theatre microscope and slit-lamps because it is indeed very timely," said Smikle. "For these Type-A hospitals, with quite a number of specialities, having to give world-class services, there is no room for error, and to do that, we need the skill sets, which we have in great abundance in terms of nurses and doctors, but we also need the resources."