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The Jamaica Red Cross is prepared to offer assistance wherever the need exists in Western Kingston, as it provides humanitarian aid to residents affected by the joint police/military operation in Tivoli Gardens.
President of the Jamaica Red Cross, Dr. Jaslin Salmon, gave the assurance prior to the post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House this morning (May 26).
“We have walked through (Tivoli) we have seen what the need is – the immediate need is not for people to be taken out to hospitals, because we did not find people, who were hurt and needed that kind of care. We did find people who need food, and we will provide that for them as soon as possible,” Dr. Salmon outlined.
He noted that the team also wanted to visit the neighbouring community of Denham Town, and would do so as soon as they receive clearance from the security forces.
After visiting Tivoli Gardens yesterday (May 25), the Red Cross has already committed to provide residents with food and medical supplies some time today. “We have made some contacts with people, who are in need of food, we have taken names and numbers and we are making arrangements to get food to them. The security forces have assured us that they will facilitate the transmission of food supplies and medicine to them,” he informed.
Dr. Salmon said another serious need at the moment is for psychological support, and to this end, the organisation has activated its psychosocial support unit, which will be providing support as soon as is possible.
Dr. Salmon assured that he had not seen a lot of civilian deaths as has been rumoured, and that, “we did not see any injured persons except about four persons, who had been taken by the security forces.we saw persons being processed in a very orderly manner (and) those who needed medical care, we intervened on their behalf, and the medical staff at the operations centre dealt with them”. The Red Cross visit to the community lasted just over six hours.
Meanwhile, Minister of Information with responsibility for Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, urged persons who want to volunteer their services, or donate supplies to contact the coordinating agencies, which are the Jamaica Red Cross and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).
The Red Cross can be reached at 984 7860-3: while the numbers for the ODPEM are: 928 511-3.

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