Hanover's Orchard becomes a reality
Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer
Some US$1 million was spent on upgrading and equipping the Orchard health facility in Hopewell, Hanover, that will serve both local and international patients from the parish and surrounding areas.
This thrust to ease the burden on public health facilities and provide quality health care to the residents of Hanover was the brainchild of America-born Edgar Cullman of Tryall Club, who was the major contributor to the project.
The businessman has an unyielding love for Jamaica.
"I love Jamaica," Cullman said. "Words cannot describe how much I love Jamaica and its people. I have become a part of Jamaica and I know that the country has a lot of problems but I am here to help solve some and this (the facility) is one (problem solved)."
First service of its kind
While it is a privately run facility, the public can also take advantage of the centre's unique services - the first of its kind in Hanover.
Cullman alluded to the fact that the parish was in need of world-class heath care that both local and international residents could benefit from, without having to journey out of parish for services that were now provided at Orchard Clinic.
Among the services that are offered at this facility are ECG, digital X-Rays, ultrasound, vaccination, wart removal, physiotherapy, nutrition, and several other specialises and general services.
The construction of the health centre, which is valued at US$280,000, was provided by Maffessanti Builders free of cost.
"I believed that if someone who is not from Jamaica can make this type of investment in the country, the least we could do is offer the construction services to ensure that this what we see here today could be a reality," said realtor Pino Maffessanti.
"This facility is for all of us and I do hope that we take care of the equipment and facility that have been provided."
Mayor of Lucea Lloyd Hill was keen to note that the centre's services would help to boost the quality of life for the residents within the area.
"Before, we had to journey to Montego Bay, Kingston or even overseas to get the type of services we now have here, and this development I am sure will go a far way for everyone because this is the first of its kind in Hanover," Mayor Hill revealed.
'This facility is for all of us and I do hope that we take care of the equipment and facility that have been provided.'