Massy Jamaica commits $3m in adopting Seaview Gardens Health Centre
(L-R) Winsome Gibbs, Country Manager for recently launched Massy United Insurance in Jamaica and Peter Graham, Country Manager for Massy Group (Jamaica) greet Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton at the official ceremony to mark the adoption of the Seaview Gardens Health Centre in the community recently.
Massy Group (Jamaica) which includes Massy Gas Products, Massy Technologies, Massy Distribution and Massy United Insurance, has announced a three-year partnership with the Ministry of Health that has seen it adopting the Seaview Gardens Health Centre to the tune of $3 million as part of the Ministry of Health’s Adopt-A-Clinic Programme.
The announcement was made at a symbolic adoption ceremony held at the Health Centre recently in the presence of community members, representatives from Massy Group - Jamaica, members from the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) the Minster of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton and Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Western, Anthony Hylton.
Through this project, the Seaview Health Centre is now able to purchase much-needed clinical and other equipment as well as undertake infrastructure upgrades including painting, fencing and improved lighting at the facility which serves residents of Seaview Gardens, White Lane, Henley Road and Spanish Town Road.
In his address at the ceremony ahead of unveiling the plaque Tufton, said the centre is an important part of the fabric of community life and is fundamental to health and wellness at the community and national levels.
“I want to place on record our appreciation to the Massy Group - Jamaica for agreeing to participate in this important initiative. The Adopt-A-Clinic Programme gives the adopter an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the population they serve. They are saying we want to give back based on the support we have gotten,” he said.
In referencing the importance of public-private partnerships, the minister added that the establishment and maintenance of health centres are made possible through public-private partnerships.
“I want to emphasise the importance of partnerships in public health. This Adopt-A- Clinic programme, which was developed a few years ago, is an attempt at demonstrating the importance of partnership in securing the health and wellness in our communities and population,” he said.
Meanwhile, Country Manager for Massy Group - Jamaica, Peter Graham, said the company, through this initiative, seeks to add value to the health facility and transform the lives of community members.
“We believe that the residents of Seaview Gardens should be able to come to a facility in their community to receive quality healthcare and that is what this partnership is about. At Massy, our philanthropic footprint is strong across Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean as we are committed to helping the communities in which we serve to grow and develop. Residents of Seaview Gardens can, therefore, look out to see us engaging with them even more as this project progresses,” he said.
The Ministry of Health’s Adopt-A-Clinic programme is designed to encourage Jamaicans, the Jamaican diaspora and other friends of Jamaica to ‘adopt’ a clinic in communities across the island with the aim of upgrading and improving the services of health centres across the island.
Under the programme, the ministry has earmarked 100 health centres across the island for support from local and international persons, groups and corporate entities, with the aim of strengthening primary healthcare facilities. To date, an estimated eight health centres have been formally adopted, with approximately 20 more to be announced later this year.