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People's Report

Published:Saturday | July 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM
The Kingston Public Hospital.- Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer
Participants in the '1 Love Medusa' reunion who are donating books.
Aerial view of sections of Portmore.-Ian Allen/Staff Photographer
Cornwall Court has been plagued by deplorable road conditions.

Professionalism at KPH quite a surprise

Ralph Myers,

I write this letter as I would like to give credit where it is due. I recently fell ill one early Saturday morning at around 2 o'clock and had to be rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).

After being there for a couple of hours, we were told that the equipment to deal with my specific case was not available at UHWI. The specialist then told me that there are two options, either to have me transferred to a private institution or to Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

I asked her to brief me on the cost to be transferred to a private institution, as I did not want to go to KPH. When she told me the cost, I told them to take me to KPH. Shortly after, they had an ambulance take me there.

When I went to KPH, I was admitted to Ward 3A and was made aware that they had all the equipment that I needed. I found the nurses to be very courteous, understanding, thoughtful and compassionate.

The doctors displayed complete professionalism in their communication and contact with me, as well as their other patients. They took the time needed to explain every detail of my illness and the nurses expressed complete patience, in taking me through my ordeal.

After getting to know these remarkable individuals, without hesitation, I can advise anybody to go to the KPH. They are fully equipped with the resources needed to do the best job they can, in providing a great and superior service to the country and its citizens.

I urge you not to count them out as I did. They turned out to be instrumental in making my stay there smooth and successful. It has come a far way from the institution I once knew.

I would like to say to the doctors, nurses and all members of staff "keep it up and a job well done."

KPH is very much alive and well.

Let me also take this opportunity to thank the University Hospital, as although my time there was short, I was treated well and for that I am truly grateful.

"Well done, thou good and faithful servant." - Matthew 25:21

Heed appeals and fix Cornwall Court road, PM

Robert Dalley, Montego Bay

The president of the Cornwall Court Citizens' Association, the irrepressible, vocal and hard-working Floyd V. Hitchman, wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (The Gleaner, People's Report, Saturday, July 14, 2012) pointing out the deplorable, scandalous, disgraceful and downright reprehensible road condition of the Cornwall Court through to King Street.

The main road has been in an appalling and shameful state for the 10 years, and Hitchman is requesting that the PM instruct the transport and works minister, Omar Davies, to repair forthwith this highly used thoroughfare that is located in the parish of St James.

I have travelled time and time again on this road and it is in an atrocious state, obviously getting worse month after month. Some road-improvement work was started in February 2011, but came to an abrupt end after the general election of December 2011, which is astonishing, to say the least, based on the poor state of the road.

The amount of polluted high volume dust that can be clearly seen on the roadway of Cornwall Court to King Street is an indication of the very poor condition that the road is in, and so many persons are getting sick from this protracted problem as was pointed out by President Hitchman in his well-tabulated and forthright open letter to the PM.

Another concern that I am cognisant of has to do with the fact that based on the poor state of this specific roadway, some taxi operators have been profusely refusing to transport passengers all the way up to Cornwall Court. They claim that it is costing them thousands of dollars in motor vehicle repair costs monthly, which is quite factual, to put it bluntly.

Emergency vehicles are having an extremely difficult time travelling on this roadway, and this should further prod the prime minister to ensure that the road is expeditiously repaired by the transport and works minister, through the National Works Agency.

It is germane to state here that the Cornwall Court community is the largest and most populated housing development in central Montego Bay, and this repair work should be treated with the utmost urgency that it certainly warrants.

Over to you, Madam Prime Minister. 

'1 Love Medusa' reunion donates books

Helen Williams

A group of friends, originally from Montego Bay, gathered here with their families for a week of activities to celebrate Jamaica 50.

The name of their reunion group, '1 Love Medusa', is derived from a disco named Medusa which they operated in the 1970s. Now most of them are living abroad from Texas to Canada.

During their stay, they enjoyed outings to Xtabi Resorts, Negril; YS Falls; and Port Antonio. In Montego Bay, they sampled gastronomic delights at Pier One, Seahorse Grill, Cornwall Beach and at homes of friends and family. They also found time for one of their favourite haunts, Doctors Cave Beach.

Amid their fun activities, they remembered the schools they attended. They decided to donate to these schools copies of 'Delroy in the Marog Kingdom' by Billy Elm, pen name of me, Helen Williams, who will give a book reading at the same time as delivering the signed books to the schools.

'Delroy in the Marog Kingdom', a fantasy/folklore chapter book for 10-15-year-olds, was judged Best Children's Chapter Book (Readers' Choice) by the Book Industry of Jamaica in 2011. It was chosen by the Jamaica Library Service to be used in their Summer Reading Competition 2011. I have now published the sequel, 'Delroy and the Marog Princess', as an e-book available for sampling and purchasing at

Also by me, and available to download free at is 'Flash', a short story for eight- to 12-year-olds, about a boy who was inspired by Usain Bolt. This story was awarded a silver medal and Best Junior Short Story in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's Creative Writing Competition 2010. See my blog at

Portmore must cut ties with St Catherine PC

Howard hamilton

Chairman, Greater Portmore Joint Council

In another couple of weeks, Jamaica, as a sovereign nation, will celebrate 50 years of Independence. For the municipality of Portmore, these celebrations will not have much meaning for many of us who are longingly looking for an independent Portmore.

Even though we have been granted municipal status since May 22, 2003, our development as a community is not what many of us expected, as central government never gave us the basic tools to be truly independent. For us to be truly independent, the ties that bind us to the St Catherine Parish Council must be broken.

Central government, through its ministries and state agencies, must stop the gestures of tokenism and enact real measures that will facilitate the development of the community.

Portmore will celebrate when the following are done:

1) The St Catherine Parish Council must be instructed by the Ministry of Local Government to hand over all lands that it controls to the Portmore Municipal Council. How can a community grow without land titles? Until this is done, all development will just be at the whims and fancies of the St Catherine Parish Council. We need to own the lands right now; we are no better than squatters occupying lands without accompanying documentation.

2) Central government, through the National Works Agency, must now move to have the roads within the municipality gazetted and legally recognised. It's a lack of will and the contentment to exist as is.

3) Local government must now ensure that our local parish councillors sit only with the Portmore Municipal Council. Our councillors are the only ones who are required to sit at two general council meetings per month.

The result is that some don't bother to attend the 'junior' Portmore Municipal Council since we only exist at the minister's pleasure. We need to be truly independent, not split between loyalty and self-interest.

4) Our directly elected mayor must now be given the required resources and executive power to effectively carry out daily functions without regard to who sits in Jamaica House.

Until our Portmore Municipal Council is no longer considered inferior to any other parish council, that feeling of independence will be an emotion to be pursued but never attained. Independence for Portmore, I say, and so say all of us.

Decameron staff rude to me and family

E. Henry

I had a most bitter and distasteful experience that I wish to share with Jamaica, with the hope that it doesn't happen to anyone else.

My wife had a conference to attend in St Ann, from Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15, and we decided to give our two children a treat, so we decided to book into Decameron all-inclusive hotel and resort in Runaway Bay from Friday, July 13 to check out on Sunday, July 15.

Because of the conference that my wife had to attend in Ocho Rios, she had to leave the hotel early each morning, and didn't return until late each night, which of course didn't allow her to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at Decameron.

With Sunday being the final day of her conference, she was back at Decameron by 6 p.m. and was extremely hungry, and so we all decided to have dinner before we departed for Kingston.

While we were having dinner, to my total surprise and disgust, the front desk official came into the cafeteria with a security guard (in front of all the other guests and my children) to inform us that we had already checked out, and we are not entitled to any more meals. She then informed us to leave the cafeteria and the property as well.

Needless to say, I was totally speechless and livid, as never before had I experienced this nasty service at a local hotel. That was my first and, most definitely, last time at any of the Decameron hotels, and I do hope that my fellow Jamaicans will NOT make the same mistake we did.

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