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    President and Chief Executive Officer of the Issa Trust Foundation, Diane Pollard (third right, second row), with volunteers at last year’s vision clinic, in Westmoreland.
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    • With a well-documented history of assistance to the island’s health and education sectors, the Issa Trust Foundation, under the leadership of Chairman, Paul Issa, and the patronage of Their Excellencies, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick and Lady Allen, has joined in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The Foundation, the non-profit arm of Couples Resorts Jamaica, has donated US$238,000 (J$32 million) in equipment and supplies to the country in its anti-COVID-19 response efforts.
    • The items include two GE Ventilators (valued at J$3 million), a new portable X-ray Machine (worth J$2 million) and a 40ft. container of supplies and equipment (valued at J$27 million), comprising suction machines, beds, stretchers, an ultrasound machine, infusion pumps, hand sanitisers, gowns, gloves, an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine, and other essential items.

    With a well-documented history of assistance to the island’s health and education sectors, the Issa Trust Foundation, under the leadership of Chairman, Paul Issa, and the patronage of Their Excellencies, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick and Lady Allen, has joined in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

    The Foundation, the non-profit arm of Couples Resorts Jamaica, has donated US$238,000 (J$32 million) in equipment and supplies to the country in its anti-COVID-19 response efforts.

    The items include two GE Ventilators (valued at J$3 million), a new portable X-ray Machine (worth J$2 million) and a 40ft. container of supplies and equipment (valued at J$27 million), comprising suction machines, beds, stretchers, an ultrasound machine, infusion pumps, hand sanitisers, gowns, gloves, an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine, and other essential items.

    “Couples Resorts and Issa Trust Foundation are committed to working with the Ministry of Health to strengthen capacity for Jamaica’s public healthcare system,” Mr. Issa said in a statement.

    “We thank all our partners, particularly Partners for World Health, for rising up to support our heroes on the front lines as we care for everyone in Jamaica that relies on critical equipment and supplies during this unprecedented time,” added President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Diane Pollard.

    The Foundation’s ongoing assistance to the health sector has drawn praises from both Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, and wife of the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Juliette Holness.

    Dr. Tufton, in responding to the near $34-million contribution towards the Paediatric Ward at the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital by the Foundation in 2018, told JIS News that, “I want to place on record our appreciation for these acts of goodwill to Jamaica”.

    The Paediatric Ward at the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital, in St. Ann, which was renovated by the .Issa Trust Foundation.

     

    “The truth is that the Government can’t do everything, and this is not an excuse. It is a reality, particularly as it relates to public health, as the demands of the system keep getting more and more,” he said.

    The Minister said that what “these acts of kindness” have reaffirmed is that healthcare is, indeed, a family event, adding that it brings into sharp focus the importance of bringing quality healthcare to the country and to the population.

    “It profoundly sends an important message, also, that public health is everybody’s business. No matter how old you are… no matter how distracted you are because of other activities or interests… public health, at some stage in our lives, will, indeed, be a point of contact,” Dr. Tufton added.

    Speaking at the opening of the Paediatric Ward at the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital, Mrs. Holness said it was commendable that the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA) and the Issa Trust Foundation have joined together “to produce a world-class facility” for children.

    Wife of the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Juliette Holness, on a visit to the Issa Trust Foundation-renovated Paediatric Ward at the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital, in St. Ann.

     

    “This phenomenal team has put together a world-class facility to ease the pain of children. You don’t find this kind of effort happening every day, which reinforces even more the need to appreciate this kind of love that has been meted out to our children and their parents,” she said.

    Last year, the Foundation also partnered with the Lions Club of Michigan and the Altoona, Iowa, Vision Mission Team to hold three days of free vision clinics for children and young adults, aged six months to 22 years, at the Oracabessa Church of God in St. Mary.

    “The mission team, which comprised four optometrists, a licensed medical doctor, a licensed optician and 15 volunteer technicians, assisted in providing comprehensive eye examinations and fitting children with glasses, free of charge,” Ms. Pollard noted.

    “For five years, the Issa Trust Foundation and the Lions Club of Michigan have worked together to bring teams of optometrists, licensed doctors, opticians and volunteer technicians to provide comprehensive eye examinations and 4,700 pairs of eyeglasses to children in our community,” she added.

    The Issa Trust Foundation was established in 2005 by Couples Resorts. Its mission is to provide a system of prevention, health promotion and education, community health improvement and other services to promote the well-being and development of the people of Jamaica.

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