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Jamaica’s first convalescent home for members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), was opened this week in Black River, St. Elizabeth, by Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Phillips noted that the project was one that he was quite satisfied to have developed and completed.
“This facility will help the dedicated members of the police force to recover from injuries sustained in the line of duty. Unfortunately, there is not enough public understanding of the challenges faced by members who daily place their lives on the line to protect and serve fellow Jamaicans, often in extremely trying circumstances,” he said.
Dr. Phillips said that as Minister, he was well aware that the working conditions under which the police operated were often “inadequate”.
“Then there are the long hours of work, sometimes as much as 70 hours weekly. This not only brings incalculable stress but reduces the time that police officers, who are also mothers, fathers, husbands and wives dedicate to family and to ensuring that their children receive the parental guidance that they so badly need,” he said.
The Minister pointed out that over the past two years there has been a significant increase in the number of police officers injured in the line of duty.
“Up to now, the immediate surgical needs of injured police personnel have been facilitated in general hospitals and this is hardly satisfactory, as it is unsafe for them. That is why the government saw the provision of this facility as being an urgent priority, which deserved our attention three years ago,” he indicated. The Minister thanked the Chairman of the National Commercial Bank (NCB), Michael Lee-Chin for the generous gift of the initial $15 million that had helped to get the project off the ground.
“This is a fine example of corporate citizenship, when one looks at the fact that the total cost of the home is somewhere in the region of $26 million. I am happy with the facility,” Dr. Phillips said. “I have toured the complex, and the accommodation, configuration of the bedrooms and bathroom, the swimming pool for exercising, which is in close proximity to the gymnasium; kitchen and dining room as well as the facilities for medical consultations will offer an ideal environment for care and rehabilitation,” he added.