Orantes Moore, Gleaner Writer
ANNOTTO BAY, St Mary:
ANNOTTO BAY Hospital in St Mary held a special ceremony on Wednesday to celebrate a visit by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and his wife, Lady Allen.
The visit, which ended the couple's annual hospital tour, provided an opportunity to announce high-profile donations the hospital had recently received.
These included a desktop aneroid blood pressure unit and the three suction machines from the NCB Foundation, and a Hysterectomy Unit and medical supplies, courtesy of the Negril International Hospital.
Brought great joy
After meeting with the hospital's staff and patients during an hour-long tour, Sir Patrick said: "Of course, the parish of St Mary is very familiar to me and, more so, Lady Allen, as this is the parish of her birth.
"This aspect of my work has brought me great joy and it is appropriately scheduled for the time of the year when we, too, can bring some joy and a sense of hope to all whom we encounter during the tour and this season of good cheer.
"This 146-year-old institution was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. I was heartened then, and even now, by the refurbishing exercise.
"These include: the partnership between public- and private-sector entities which was largely responsible for the $90-million repairs undertaken and completed within a year; the tangible support of the average Jamaican as a result of heightened public awareness and a collection drive spearheaded by the media; and residents of St Mary taking ownership of the hospital and making their contributions individually or through the fund-raising efforts of the local church and school.
He added: "We sincerely hope that the donation of a desktop aneroid blood pressure unit and the suction machines by the NCB Foundation, as well as the Hysterectomy Unit and other hospital supplies from Negril International Hospital and supplies by other donors, will prove beneficial to both medical personnel and patients as you give and receive."