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Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has lauded the initiative by a group of business leaders headed by Adam Stewart, to raise funds for the Montego Bay-based Cornwall Regional Hospital, and to continuously support the development of the health facility.

The group called ‘We Care for Cornwall Regional Hospital’, is seeking to raise about $156  million (US$1.8 million) by December 2012, and had its official launch on May 1, at the Oleander Restaurant at the Sandals Montego Bay hotel.

The Health Minister, in a message delivered by Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Eva Lewis-Fuller, said that such partnerships are important for the improvement of the health sector.

So far, the group has raised some $6, 278,000 (US$73,000), and Minister Ferguson sees the effort as “one of the strategies by which we will provide healthcare for those, who are ill, and create a healthy society."

Mr. Stewart, who is Chief Executive Officer of Sandals Resorts International, said Cornwall Regional is an important critical care facility is Western Jamaica.

He said that the objective of the group is to influence as many persons as possible to contribute to the effort “to ensure that the hospital can meet health needs”.

“Life and good health are all that we have regardless of the material things we have been able to acquire while we are on this planet. It’s not until you need good medical service that you miss it. We don’t believe we will fix the hospital overnight by any means but we are on this journey for the long run,” he stated

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital, Everton Anderson, lauded the group, noting that “your effort will go a far way in building capacity with respect to areas like special care, the nursery and neonatal intensive units, which allow babies access to quick and immediate care when they get ill."

During the month of May, We Care for Cornwall Regional Hospital will be presenting life-saving equipment to the hospital’s paediatric unit such as oximeter probes, intravenous drip stands, nebulizers, wall mounted diagnostic units, vital signs monitors and suction machines.

Other members of the group are: Mark Hart, Jamie McConnell, Eleanor Miller, Dmitri Singh, Brian Jardim, Paula Kerr-Jarrett, and Candis Craig.

 

By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter