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Gov’t gets $4.5 million from JBA towards purchase of oxygen devices

Published:Friday | May 7, 2021 | 9:52 AM
State Minister in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn (centre), accepts a symbolic cheque from the Jamaica Bankers Association represented by President, Jerome Smalling (2nd right) and Vice-President, Chorvelle Johnson Cunningham. They are joined by Winsome Wilkins, CEO, United Way of Jamaica, through which the donation is being made - Contributed photo.

The Government's efforts to procure more oxygen machines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been boosted with a donation of $4.5 million from the Jamaica Bankers Association to the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Funds will be used to assist with the purchase of four high flow oxygen machines.

The money will be administered through the United Way of Jamaica.

These high-flow oxygen machines allow non-invasive respiratory support to patients who require oxygen at higher flow rates; and as the machines do not necessarily require a ventilator, they can be used across different hospital departments.

JBA President, Jerome Smalling, in commenting on the recent contribution said, “The leadership of the JBA strongly believes that consistent and collaborative effort is crucial for the national response to the pandemic to work.”

“We are providing funds to aid in the purchase of these devices that should help patients to recover faster after extubation and ideally should result in improved outcome and shorter hospital stays for COVID19 patients. If this contribution can help to save the life of at least one Jamaican, we would have received the greatest return on investment," said Smalling.

In expressing thanks, State Minister for Health & Wellness, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, said, “We are extremely grateful for this support and partnership with the Jamaica Banker's Association. This donation is a tangible representation of the outstanding corporate social responsibility that exists in our country and our work in public health is made easier through this partnership as we seek to enhance our mission of realizing the best health outcome for all persons who need to access the healthcare system.”

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