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  • Ten pieces of critical medical equipment valued at $1.14 million, were presented to the Accident and Emergency Department of the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital by the Sandals Foundation.
  • The donation, which included patient monitors, nebulizers and blood pressure equipment, were sourced by the Foundation as part of a partnership agreement previously forged with the hospital.
  • Noting that the country is operating within the context of tight fiscal constraints, Minister Buchanan said any assistance to the health sector, will enable the government to provide better services to citizens.

Ten pieces of critical medical equipment valued at $1.14 million, were presented to the Accident and Emergency Department of the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital by the Sandals Foundation on Wednesday, June 11.

The donation, which included patient monitors, nebulizers, infusion pump, blood pressure equipment, otoscope/throat illuminators, panel screens and rolling stands, were sourced by the Foundation as part of a partnership agreement previously forged with the hospital.

Addressing participants at the handing over ceremony held at the facility, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with Responsibility for Primary Health Care Infrastructure, Hon. Luther Buchanan, said partnerships established to improve health care delivery to Jamaicans are commended, and encouraged.

“Jamaica’s  goals under Vision 2030 for the country to become ‘the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business’ cannot be realized without these kinds of partnerships in health.   We also need partners in health in order for the country to be considered the health hub of the Caribbean,” the Minister of State noted.

Noting that the country is operating within the context of tight fiscal constraints, Minister Buchanan said any assistance to the health sector, will enable the government to provide better services to citizens.

“We value these kinds of partnerships through which we can move closer to achieving our health goals as a government.  Our ultimate goal is to move towards developing country status and that cannot be achieved without a marked improvement in the holistic health of the population,” Mr. Buchanan noted.

He further observed that a healthier population equates to a more productive work force, which leads to more sustained economic growth, increased employment, and a stronger revenue base for the government.
Mr. Buchanan commended the Sandals Foundation for its gift to the hospital, and urged the staff to care the equipment.