Saturday 15 June, 2019

Over $5M donated to hospitals for Labour Day projects-NHF

Everton Anderson (right), Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Fund (NHF) and Dr. James Brian (second left), Head of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care at the Bustamante Hospital for Children are engaged in a friendly competition to remove the seal on a new door for the operating theatre. Cheering them on is Dr. Michelle-Ann Dawson (left), Senior Medical Officer of the hospital, located in Kingston. The occasion was the children’s hospital Labour Day Project.

Everton Anderson (right), Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Fund (NHF) and Dr. James Brian (second left), Head of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care at the Bustamante Hospital for Children are engaged in a friendly competition to remove the seal on a new door for the operating theatre. Cheering them on is Dr. Michelle-Ann Dawson (left), Senior Medical Officer of the hospital, located in Kingston. The occasion was the children’s hospital Labour Day Project.

Several major public health facilities across the island received funding from the National Health Fund (NHF) totalling approximately $5.6 million towards renovation efforts on Labour Day, Thursday, May 23. 

The institutes are the Bustamante Hospital for Children, Kingston Public Hospital, Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston and the Annotto Bay Hospital, in St. Mary.

 NHF representatives also worked alongside residents of surrounding communities to paint and retile selected departments, including the Accident and Emergency section at the Annotto Bay Hospital and the reception and waiting areas of the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

“The agency strives to improve the experience of patients and visitors at these institutions through improved infrastructure and it is always an encouraging sight to see staff and community members working together for the betterment of their workplaces, communities and by extension Jamaica,” said Chief Executive Officer at the NHF, Everton Anderson.

Meanwhile, Dr Natalie Whylie, Senior Medical Officer, at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) noted that since its establishment in 1776, the facility has developed into the largest multi-disciplinary hospital in Jamaica’s public health service. 

“Though faced with numerous infrastructural challenges the KPH tries to provide the highest standard of health care to the Jamaican people,” she said. 

The Labour Day activities at the KPH and Victoria Jubilee Hospital included the refurbishing of the bathrooms and restrooms, renovation of several wards, as well as landscaping of the grounds.

 

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