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  • Cancer patients at the KPH are to benefit from the proceeds of the NMIA Palisadoes Charity 5K Walk/Run.
  • Just over $2 million was raised from the event, which will go towards the purchase of equipment for endoscopy treatment for cancer patients.
  • A record 1,300 people registered for the 10th staging of the run/walk, which took place on January 11 on the Palisadoes main road.

Cancer patients at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) are to benefit from the proceeds of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) Palisadoes Charity 5K Walk/Run, which was held last month.

Just over $2 million was raised from the event, which will go towards the purchase of equipment for endoscopy treatment for cancer patients.

Senior Medical Officer of the KPH, Dr. Patrick Bhoorasingh, told JIS News that “this well-needed equipment is used in follow-up to first treatment, to monitor for signs of new cancers”.

A record 1,300 people registered for the 10th staging of the run/walk, which took place on January 11 on the Palisadoes main road.

In 2013, $1 million was raised from the event, which went towards the acquisition of a $2.3 million cardiac ultrasound machine used in monitoring heart functions during chemotherapy. RBC Bank Ltd. donated $1 million, with the supplier covering the additional $300,000.

Dr. Bhoorasingh explained “The KPH is the largest hospital in the English speaking Caribbean. We get referrals from every other hospital in the island except Cornwall Regional Hospital and from as far away as Savanna-La-Mar. With this machine, we are able to offer specialized treatment to up to 70 cancer patients per week”.

He is encouraging corporate groups to adopt other sections of the hospital, noting that there is great need for expensive equipment for patient care.

NMIA’s Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager, Grace Morrison, said that the facility has had a long relationship with KPH and intends to continue the association for the long-term.

“KPH has identified a need for this year and we are committed to helping them to fill it, so our aim was to raise twice as much as we did last year”.

She said that this year’s response to the run/walk was overwhelming. “We broke records this year in terms of participation. In fact we had a 59 per cent increase in registration and a 44 per cent increase in finishers over last year,” she stated.