Thursday 26 November, 2020

UWI nursing students receive protective gear from Sagicor Foundation

Executive members of the University of the West Indies’ Nursing Students’ Association, (from left) Vice President, Shannon Pike and President Aaron Lawrence, accept a container of medical personal protective equipment from Shelley Ebanks-McGregor, Project Manager at Sagicor Bank Jamaica and Sagicor Foundation Volunteer, at the UWI School of Nursing last week.

Executive members of the University of the West Indies’ Nursing Students’ Association, (from left) Vice President, Shannon Pike and President Aaron Lawrence, accept a container of medical personal protective equipment from Shelley Ebanks-McGregor, Project Manager at Sagicor Bank Jamaica and Sagicor Foundation Volunteer, at the UWI School of Nursing last week.

Nursing students at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus are now better equipped to complete their clinical studies – the practical component of their training – following a donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Sagicor Foundation.

Over 800 medical protective gear were donated to executive members of the UWI Nursing Students’ Association (UWINSA) on Thursday (November 5), at the institution’s School of Nursing. The donation included 300 surgical masks 60 medical gowns and 500 non-latex gloves.

Noting that the students’ role in the health sector is critical, Mark Chisholm, Sagicor Foundation Director and Executive Vice President – Sagicor Life Jamaica Individual Life Division, said he was happy that the Foundation was able to assist the students and wished them success in completing their clinical studies.

“With health being a primary focus of the Sagicor Foundation, we are tremendously pleased to be able to assist these nursing students complete a very crucial part of their professional and educational journey. These students are our future healthcare professionals and we want to ensure that they remain safe, especially during this time with the ongoing global health pandemic,” Chisholm stated.

Aaron Lawrence, president of the UWINSA and fourth year nursing student, shared that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the students’ finances and has limited their ability to purchase the medical gears for themselves.

“We are grateful that the Sagicor Foundation responded favourably to our request. This contribution will certainly assist many students in successfully completing their clinical studies,” Lawrence said.

Some 390 students from the UWI are expected to participate in clinical studies at hospitals and health centres island wide.

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