JAIFA Lauded For Support To Health Sector

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  • Minister of Health, Hon. Horace Dalley, has praised the Jamaica Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (JAIFA) for the well-needed assistance it has been providing to the health sector over the years.
  • Minister Dalley’s speech was delivered by Principal Finance Officer in the Ministry, Michael Maragh, at the inauguration ceremony for the 63rd President of JAIFA held on Wednesday, December 2, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.
  • The Minister noted that the philanthropy of JAIFA and other private sector interests is critical in achieving the goal of a healthy and stable population as stated in Jamaica’s National Development Plan – Vision 2030 Jamaica.

Minister of Health, Hon. Horace Dalley, has praised the Jamaica Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (JAIFA) for the well-needed assistance it has been providing to the health sector over the years.

“I believe that this group (JAIFA) is an important stakeholder in the move to improve the health of this country,” he said.

Minister Dalley’s speech was delivered by Principal Finance Officer in the Ministry, Michael Maragh, at the inauguration ceremony for the 63rd President of JAIFA held on Wednesday, December 2, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.

The Minister noted that the philanthropy of JAIFA and other private sector interests is critical in achieving the goal of a healthy and stable population as stated in Jamaica’s National Development Plan – Vision 2030 Jamaica.

He said the Government aims to provide quality and affordable health care services, while improving access for all citizens, and welcomes any assistance from private entities in the process.

In the meantime, the new JAIFA President, Joel Dixon, informed that last year, JAIFA donated a colposcope, valued at over $800,000 to the Princess Margaret Hospital in St. Thomas.

The instrument, which helps in the diagnosis of cervical cancer, has facilitated over 20 procedures.   Mr. Dixon said the group will soon be donating an air-conditioning unit to complement that piece of equipment.

He noted as well that JAIFA has already acquired an incubator that will be delivered to the children’s ward of the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon “in very short order.”

JAIFA’s 2015/16 project is to raise funds for a refrigerator valued at over $1 million for the Percy Junor Hospital in Manchester.

JAIFA’s projects are mainly funded from the dues of its 836 members and through fundraising activities.

Established in 1932, JAIFA, formerly the Life Underwriters Association of Jamaica (LUAJ), is one of the oldest membership organisations in Jamaica. It is a non-profit entity that represents the sales force of the life insurance industry.

 

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