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Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (US), His Excellency Anthony Johnson, has hailed the Nurses Association of Jamaica’s (NAJ) UK Chapter for its contribution to healthcare in Britain and for the philanthropic role it continues to play in Jamaica.
The High Commissioner, who was addressing the organisation’s 32nd anniversary thanksgiving service held on Sunday (June 13) at the West Croydon Methodist Church in Surrey, England, said that the nurses are leaders in society.
He urged them to continue to play a significant role by encouraging good family life and the development of high moral values.
Turning to the crime fighting measures being undertaken in Jamaica, High Commissioner Johnson said the aim is to dismantle criminal networks and restore law and order in the country.
“Most Jamaicans want an opportunity to prosper in an environment that is crime free. The Government is taking the necessary measures to ensure that, becomes a reality. The security forces are working hard to rid the society of gangs and other criminal elements, who are determined to create mayhem in society,” he stated.
He informed that the security forces were having good levels of success with the recovery of large numbers of guns and ammunition.
President of the NAJ’s UK Chapter, Paulette Lewis, in her remarks, said the organisation has been “a bedrock” of support for Jamaican and other ethnic minority nurses in the UK.
“This organisation was started by seven nurses in their living room 32 years ago. Over the years, it has grown from strength to strength and has provided countless services to nurses in the UK while supporting numerous charitable ventures in Jamaica,” she informed.
Miss Lewis said that members are encouraged to “make the best use of the opportunities that exist in the National Health Service (NHS) here in the UK by becoming prepared for service through education and personal development. We also encourage them to share their knowledge and experiences with their communities in Jamaica.”
She said that new ethnic minority entrants to the profession in the UK still face major challenges and the association remains committed to providing mentorship and guidance. “Things have improved over the years but we still do not see the numbers in terms of promotion and moving up to the higher ranks. We will continue to make sure our nurses are fully equipped and able to compete on every level,” she stated.
The NAJ Association has more than 200 members spread across three branches located in London, Nottingham and Birmingham. It holds professional affiliation with the Royal College of Nursing in the UK and the Nurses Association of Jamaica, in Jamaica.
Among the entities in Jamaica that benefit from the NAJ (UK) are Seaside Basic School in Hector’s River, Portland, St. Andrew’s Girls’ Home in Kingston, as well as health and education projects, which target street children.