Monday 30 March, 2020

COVID-19: KPH receives equipment, supplies from Sanmerna Foundation

Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) benefitted from a donation of hospital equipment and supplies, which are expected to help in the fight against the global coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.

The donations were handed over to the hospital’s administrators at KPH on Wednesday through the Beds For Jamaica initiative of the Sanmerna Foundation, which worked in tandem with the Kay Morris Foundation from Canada.

The Beds For Jamaica initiative is designed to assist hospitals in Jamaica that are experiencing severe bed shortage.

According to Kathleen Cooper-Brown, acting chief executive officer of KPH, the donations will assist tremendously with the expected influx of patients with COVID-19.

She said, “we want to extend a very big thank you to Sanmerna for providing us with so many of the needy items that we would have wanted, even in this crisis that we are facing now.

“We are expecting the surge. I am not saying that we need for it to be on us, but as a hospital, we have to be prepared,” Cooper-Brown said.

Dr Natalie Whylie, senior medical officer, KPH, made a plea to other companies to engage the hospital with needy equipment and supplies.

Whylie said, “Kingston Public Hospital is the largest institution in the public healthcare system and we have begun our planning, which is well underway and under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and the regional health authority

“Today’s donations will go a very far way in terms of ensuring that we are able to provide a good response to the Jamaican people. We wish that many more companies will come forward and really do what Sanmerna has done, which is to assist the public healthcare system,” Whylie said.

The equipment donated include nine beds and mattresses with head and footboards, one stretcher, three reclining blood pressure chairs, four wheelchairs, one patient lifter and patient assistance bars.

The hospitals also got 20 boxes of supplies, which include x-ray prep kits, surgical gowns, depends on diapers, sterile bipolar disposable cords, dry seal chest drain, CAAD adjustment set, femoral artery catheter set, respiratory/surgical masks, medical clips with adhesive backing, blood collection needles, biohazard disposal bags, catheters, surgical gloves, operating room table cover, midline split drapes, closed suction system for adults, lab kits, alcohol pads, cotton tip applicators, procedures masks and surgical masks, syringe holders, butterfly blood collection set, IV kits, antiseptic skin prep, PAV for IV administration and venous catheters.

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