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Hospitals must make use of vegetable glut

Published:Friday | March 25, 2011 | 12:00 AM


Permit me to point out an observation I made at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) recently. Let me start by saying that the service received by my relative was good, albeit expensive.

What irked me somewhat was the food given to her. In this period when our farmers are crying out because there is a glut of vegetables, none could be seen in the food given to her.

I have grown up hearing about the importance of vegetables, and in Jamaica, even if a family does not eat any vegetables during the week, it's usually a must on a Sunday. Yet on Sunday, March 20, my relative received only rice and peas and chicken, without even a little shredded cabbage. Come on, UHWI.

I am also a bit concerned about the use of Styrofoam cups and boxes by the UHWI and other hospitals, in this day and age when we are talking about going green. Shouldn't our health-care organisations be leading the way?

Again, let me congratulate the UHWI for its good service but I am concerned about those issues I raised.

I am, etc.,