JAMAICA: 20 Nebulisers Donated to Cornwall Regional Hospital
#MontegoBay, December 23, 2022 – Healthcare service delivery at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St. James, has been bolstered with the donation of 20 nebulisers by the V. Mansukhani Foundation.
The medical equipment, valued $300,000, were handed over to the hospital on Thursday (December 22) and was facilitated by Custos Rotulorum for St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin.
The paediatric department will receive the majority of the nebulisers.
Head of the CRH Paediatrics Department, Dr. Carlene Grant-Davis, underscored the positive impact that the donation will have on paediatric care delivered at the hospital, noting that there is an increase in the number of children with respiratory illnesses being treated at the institution.
“We are very grateful for this donation. The nebulisers have come at a perfect time. This time of the year is when we are seeing a wave of respiratory illnesses, and the nebulisers are used to treat respiratory illnesses. So, it has come at a good time,” she said.
The hospital’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Lennox Wallace, who also welcomed the donation, said he is pleased that the private sector continues to partner with the Health and Wellness Ministry to improve service delivery across Jamaica.
“I am elated to have these gifts…, as it shows us that the private sector is still in partnership with health. It means I can cross this [item] off my budget… to ensure that money can be used in other areas. No government anywhere can work without our private partners; and we are happy… for this donation,” Mr. Wallace said.
Deepak Mirpuri, who handed over the equipment on behalf of businessman and the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Gul Mansukhani, said the donation is being made to honour Mr. Mansukhani son who succumbed to asthma complications in April.
“So, he decided to do this for all the hospitals islandwide. Also, we will be doing other projects in education and health,” he shared.
The Foundation also donated 40 nebulisers to the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston, earlier this year.
For his part, Bishop Pitkin commended the Foundation, noting that the handover comes in time to assist patients who suffer from respiratory illnesses.
“Mr. Mansukhani reached out to me through a friend of ours, and when he asked if I believe the hospital would do well with the nebulisers, the first words on my lips were ‘yes, especially at this time of the year when we are experiencing a change of climate and respiratory problems with children and adults, it would be a welcomed donation’,” he said.
Contact: Nickieta Sterling
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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.
The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.
At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.
We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”
View the newly released calendar of events here:
JAMAICA: 12,362 Seniors Registered Under New Social Pension Programme
#Kingston, March 28, 2023 – There are currently 12,362 seniors registered under the Government’s new Social Pension Programme.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda, made the disclosure during the sitting of the Standing Finance Committee of the House on March 2, at Gordon House.
The initiative targets all Jamaican citizens 75 years and older who are not currently in receipt of a pension (overseas or local) or any other retirement, old-age or disability benefit or regular income, and are not living in a government institutionalised care facility.
“We are evaluating the manner in which we qualify persons to go on the programme. This is a discussion we will have to have, as some people fall through the cracks simply because they might have a refrigerator, or they might be lucky enough to have a television at home,” Mr. Samuda said.
“The direction in which we are heading, to have those things, does not move you from poverty to prosperity. So, the Government has an obligation to do everything possible to improve their quality of life, and so we will be looking at that,” the Minister added.
Mr. Samuda said between March 2022 and January 2023, the programme disbursed $446 million.
To register for the social pension programme, persons may visit any of the Ministry’s parish offices islandwide.
They will be required to complete a social pension application form, accompanied by their Tax Registration Number (TRN), National Insurance Scheme (NIS) card, and proof of age in the form of a birth certificate or a valid passport.
They should also take along a valid identification (ID), such as a driver’s licence, passport or voter’s ID, proof of bank account and any other document that may be required to process the application, for example, proof of citizenship.
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