NHT Spruces Up Parent Overnight Suite at Bustamante Hospital

Photo: Donald De La Haye Legal Secretary, National Housing Trust, Kwis Wisdom, paints a section of a wall at the parent overnight suite at the Bustamante Hospital for Children located in Kingston during the Trust’s Labour Day (May 23) activities.

Story Highlights

  • Parents who utilise the overnight suite located at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston will now have a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing environment.
  • The scope of work, valued at approximately $250,000, is also intended to help the hospital meet the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Baby Friendly Initiative, which promotes breastfeeding.
  • In an interview with JIS News, Senior General Manager, Customer Relations Management, NHT, Dr. Lanie-Marie Oakley Williams, said the project ties in with the agency’s mandate of providing shelter and accommodation.

Parents who utilise the overnight suite located at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston will now have a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing environment.

The National Housing Trust (NHT) carried out improvements, including cleaning and painting of the interior and exterior of the building, as part of activities for Labour Day on May 23.

The scope of work, valued at approximately $250,000, is also intended to help the hospital meet the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Baby Friendly Initiative, which promotes breastfeeding.

In an interview with JIS News, Senior General Manager, Customer Relations Management, NHT, Dr. Lanie-Marie Oakley Williams, said the project ties in with the agency’s mandate of providing shelter and accommodation.

“What this facility does is to allow parents who come from far distances, and have children who are very sick, to have somewhere to stay, and so, the NHT thought that this would be a very good project,” she said.

She noted further that “mothers, will be using it as a clean, safe location to expel their milk and to take care of the needs of the babies”.

Dr. Oakley Williams said the beautification project, which started last week, will be an ongoing partnership.

“We have done the interior of the building and, today, what we plan to do is to complete the exterior of the building,” she said.

She added that giving back is a critical component in nation building. “As Jamaicans we need to take care of each other, and there is a need here and the NHT staff have committed to addressing that need,” she said.

Approximately 80 employees from the Trust participated in the project at the hospital.

Chief Executive Officer, Bustamante Hospital for Children, Anthony Wood, expressed gratitude to the Trust for undertaking the project, which will improve the aesthetics of the area.

Meanwhile, a number of private-sector companies carried out Labour Day activities at the Bustamante Children’s Hospital. These include renovation work at the staff’s day-care centre and laundromat; and repainting of the hospital’s parking area and perimeter fence.

Some of the companies include Brandram-Henderson (B-H) Paints, Sherwin Williams and the Jamaica Public Service (JPS).

The Bustamante Hospital for Children is the only specialist paediatric hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean. It caters to the medical needs of children in Jamaica and neighbouring Caribbean countries from zero to 12 years.

This year’s Labour Day projects were carried out under the theme ‘Ramp it up… Fix it up’, with a focus on installing ramps in schools and improving health centres.

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