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Issa Trust donates equipment to Annotto Bay Hospital

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Dianne Pollard and paediatrician at the Annotto Bay Hospital, St Mary, Dr Lyer Ramos, remove the cover of this mobile infant incubator, which was among the medical equipment and supplies donated to the hospital by the Issa Trust Foundation and presented by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at the hospital on Thursday, May 12. - Contributed

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has underscored the need for the development of partnerships to support the country's heath- care system to enable it to continue to provide quality service.

Addressing the presentation ceremony for medical equipment and supplies donated to the Annotto Bay Hospital by the Issa Trust Foundation last Thursday, the governor general said that it was critical to the achievement of the Vision 2030 goal of a healthy and stable population by 2030.

Donated by the Issa Trust Foundation and presented under the distinguished patronage of the governor general and Lady Allen, the equipment and supplies included incubators, suction machines, photocopy therapy lamps, infusion pump sets, vital signs monitors and laryngoscope sets. The total cost being approximately US$100,000, and all the items were assigned to the children's ward of the hospital.

Stating that Jamaica has much to celebrate in heath-care delivery over the years, the governor general said the country has established a good record in the delivery of primary health-care, adding that any partnership forged to support the health-care system can only result in making that record even more impressive.

Responds quickly

Stressing that it is important to ensure that the health department responds quickly to the needs of the service if the Vision 2030 goals are to be realised, he said other imperatives in the quest to achieve those objectives include the promotion of healthy lifestyles among the citizens of the country, and the provision of facilities with well- trained workers and good management systems to provide the required service.

In commending the Issa Foundation for the role it is playing in providing well- needed medical equipment for Jamaicans, he said the organisation had demonstrated that corporate benevolence was one way through which the provision of good equipment for the country's hospital could be achieved.

Turning to the operation of the Annotto Bay Hospital, the governor general said that the institution has always been highly regarded for the quality service it provides, and congratulated the staff for the role they were playing in ensuring that the quality is maintained.

Also speaking at the function, Wesley Davis, chairman of the North Eastern Regional Health Authority Board, and Dr Ray Fraser, senior medical officer at the hospital, both thanked the Issa Trust Foundation for its support, and underscored the commitment of the hospital's staff to ensuring that the facility continues to provide the best quality health care for the people it serves.