Monday 17 February, 2020

Labour Day: Cumberland Road Health Centre 'ramp up' and 'fix up'

Photo collage of some of the activities at the Cumberland Road Health Centre on Labour Day. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Photo collage of some of the activities at the Cumberland Road Health Centre on Labour Day. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness joined scores of volunteers - including Digicel Foundation staff members, fellow politicians and representatives of the security forces - at Cumberland Road Health Centre in Spanish Town, St Catherine on Wednesday for one of the national Labour Day projects.

Digicel Foundation donated $1 million towards the project, which will help the government in its effort to build a ramp at the facility for physically challenged individuals.

The facility, located on Brunswick Road in the old capital, was in a rundown state and volunteers gave it a facelift with masonry, carpentry, plumbing and painting.

The Jamaica Defence Force threw its support behind the project, with a large detachment of soldiers, while a number of service clubs also participated.

Cumberland Health Centre - Labour Day Project

Prime Minister Holness said that the modern Jamaica state was built on the agitation of the workers.

He said the ramps are important as Jamaica must be an inclusive society. He said the disabled community are not able to benefit from many services "because of simple reasons like access".

Holness said he has given instructions to the National Works Agency (NWA) that all new roads must be built with ramps for the disabled.

Chairman of Digicel Foundation, Jean Lowrie-Chin, told the gathering that the body was pleased at the attention being given to special needs in the national Labour Day project.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange meanwhile expressed pleasure that the national Labour Day project bridges the political divide.

The work at Cumberland Health Centre was among two National Projects for Labour Day this year, the other being at the St Ann’s Bay Infant School in St Ann.

The activities were being held under the theme – ‘Ramp it Up… Fix it Up’.

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