Thursday 26 November, 2020

Unicomer donates hospital beds valued at over $3m

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton (left) receives a plaque from Unicomer Managing Director, Dennis Harris, signifying the date and value of the donation to Jamaica's health system.

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton (left) receives a plaque from Unicomer Managing Director, Dennis Harris, signifying the date and value of the donation to Jamaica's health system.

Unicomer Jamaica Limited, the operators of Courts furniture store, recently donated 20 orthopaedic electric hospital beds valued at over $3 million.

The presentation was made to the Ministry of Health and Wellness represented by Dr Christopher Tufton. It comes at a time when the nation’s health system is under pressure due to the virus and will go to several hospitals.

“We are aware that these are challenging times for everyone, especially our health ministry. So when the opportunity presented itself for us to partner with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, we didn’t hesitate to lend our support through this kind of donation,” said Unicomer Jamaica's  Manager Director, Dennis Harris.

Harris added: “We are a part of a strong nation who is traversing a vulnerable period. That makes us all vulnerable and at risk. That being said, it’s our duty to play our part in strengthening our systems through tangible means. We are grateful that we are able to give back and touch the lives of others. Let us never forget that we are all in this together.”

The beds will be distributed to various hospitals and are said to be semi-electric; generally operational by using electricity but will switch to battery operation in the event of a power outage.

In his response, Tufton stated: “On behalf of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, we would like to thank Unicomer Jamaica Limited for their support of the government’s efforts to combat COVID-19. The reality is that some persons will require hospitalization, and therefore the donation of these beds will make their stay even more comfortable, as we continue to prepare our hospitals to respond to the needs that will arise for persons who are severely ill. We continue to say that partnership is a key part of public health, and again the people of Jamaica are better off for the support of Unicomer Jamaica Limited, as we work towards our goal of achieving the best health outcome for all Jamaicans.”

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