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As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Courts Jamaica Limited has partnered with the Bustamante Hospital for Children to perform fifty (50) surgeries on children who need open heart surgery.
Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer said that this partnership demonstrates the understanding of the needs in the health sector and a commitment towards improving the health of our nation’s children. His speech was delivered by Chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority, Mr. Lyttleton ‘Tanny’ Shirley at a press conference held at the Court’s Constant Spring branch today (Friday, May 15, 2009).
Over the next twelve (12) months, Courts will contribute in total $5 million towards the purchase of supplies for each of the 50 patients. “This commitment will go a long way in offsetting the cost for these surgeries which will amount to approximately $60 million dollars, said the Minister.
He revealed that the waiting list for open heart surgeries is long as each year approximately 100 patients are added to the existing list. According to Minister Spencer the partnership will reduce the number of persons who are on the waiting list and give renewed hope to the parents of children who have been selected. On average, 20 patients are operated on each year by local doctors and another 30 by the combined overseas visits of philanthropic organisations.
Bustamante Hospital for Children is the only specialist pediatric facility in the English Speaking Caribbean and has served well the children of Jamaica and other Caribbean countries. This delivery of excellent service has been bolstered by the many philanthropic contributions from local organisations such as Courts Jamaica Ltd as well as overseas entities.