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Diaspora gives Bellevue Hospital US$5000

Friday, October 11, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Bellevue Hospital recently received a cheque valued at US$5,534 from members of the Jamaican Diaspora in the United States of America.

The funds were raised at the annual Independence Church Service held on August 4 in Washington DC.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the money will be used to support social services for aging patients who are unable to return home. It will also assist patients in transition, who are receiving employment and skills training, to facilitate independent, non-institutionalized living.

Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith handed over the cheque to Director of Patient Services at the Bellevue Hospital, Stacy-Ann Lawman, on behalf of the Jamaican Embassy in Washington.

During the handover, Johnson Smith highlighted the importance of the hospital in giving “critical and sensitive care to citizens”.

In a letter to the institution, Jamaican Ambassador to the USA, Audrey Marks noted, that they are a aware of the challenges and existing financial constraints affecting the hospital, which serves a large population of out-patient and acute residential care patients.

The Bellevue Hospital currently cares for over 600 patients, the Ministry said.


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