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  • The staff of West Kingston Power Partners installed a bathroom for disabled clients and carried out painting at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) in downtown Kingston as part of Labour Day activities on Thursday (May 23).
  • Acting Chief Executive Officer for the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals, Colleen Wright, told JIS News that the Outpatient Department at the KPH’s south wing had no bathrooms that were disabled-friendly.
  • “When we told them (West Kingston Power Partners) about this challenge, they decided to assist with the construction of a bathroom that will be accessible to wheelchair-bound persons. They started before today, and they will be completing the bathroom today,” she said.

The staff of West Kingston Power Partners installed a bathroom for disabled clients and carried out painting at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) in downtown Kingston as part of Labour Day activities on Thursday (May 23).

Acting Chief Executive Officer for the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals, Colleen Wright, told JIS News that the Outpatient Department at the KPH’s south wing had no bathrooms that were disabled-friendly.

“When we told them (West Kingston Power Partners) about this challenge, they decided to assist with the construction of a bathroom that will be accessible to wheelchair-bound persons. They started before today, and they will be completing the bathroom today,” she said.

Mrs. Wright informed that the ramp connecting both hospitals is also being repaired.

Administrator/ Asset Manager, Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), Kathleen Cooper Brown (left), hands a piece of board to West Kingston Power Partners employee, Locksley Powell, during work on Labour day (May 23) to install a new bathroom for disabled clients, at the KPH’s Outpatient Department. The activity was one of several carried out at the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals in downtown Kingston

 

“The roof was leaking and they have repaired it, and this will allow for safe passage of our clients and staff, especially when it is raining. It will [also] miligate against slippage across the area,” she further pointed out.

The Acting Chief Executive Officer expressed appreciation to West Kingston Power Partners and the various other entities carrying out Labour Day activities at the hospitals.

“We are very grateful for the help from our many partners, who are making this day a success for the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals,” Mrs. Wright said.

Meanwhile, Engineer in New Business Development at the energy firm, Delano Mighty, outlined details of the work that commenced on the Labour Day projects two weeks ago.

“We started by replacing some of the zinc sheets on top [of the ramp] that were damaged, and today we are painting. We expect that this should lift the morale of the staff as well as the patients here,” he stated.

Mr. Mighty also informed that the bathroom for the disabled persons was critical, adding that the plumbing has been done while the necessary fixtures and partitions have been installed.

Labour Day is organised by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport in collaboration with several ministries, departments and agencies, and community groups.

This year’s theme is ‘Child Safety… It’s You, It’s Me, It’s all ah We.’