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Spanish Town Hospital, health dept get medical supplies

Observer Reporter

Thursday, June 24, 2004    

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MEDICAL supplies valued at US$28,000 have been donated to the Spanish Town Hospital and the St Catherine Health Department by the Jamaica Outreach Ministry of the Beulah Baptist International Church in Tampa, Florida.

Elloreece Burrell, the group's co-ordinator, made the presentation to the medical officer of health at the St Catherine Health Department, Dr Kyi Win Hlaing, last Friday at the St Jago Health Centre in Spanish Town.

Among the items donated were insulin syringes and needles, scissors, gloves, sheets, training manuals for Hepatitis B vaccinations and medications.

In handing over the supplies and equipment, Burrell, who is also a registered nurse, said that she had been channelling aid to the public health sector since 1998 and this was the first donation from the Beulah Baptist Church.

"We are happy to be here to serve. I know how blessed we are and all of us know the problems back here, so we are happy to give back," she said.

Prior to the presentation, members of the health outreach team participated in health care activities at the Sydenham, Christian Pen and St Jago Health Centres where they gave free service to the communities. Medical supplies and toys were also donated to the Strathmore Children's Home, the Rio Cobre Correctional Centre and the Dare to Care Hospice.

Additionally, the team provided medical services to residents of Spanish Town and its environs at a health fair held at the St Jago Health Centre on June 12, where over 300 persons received medical attention.

In accepting the donation, Dr Hlaing thanked the group for the supplies and its service, which he said were critical to the community. "You have provided some very valuable effective medication which was useful to us," he added.

The visit by the team was arranged by the Jamaica Medical Assistance Committee (JaMAC) in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of the First City, St Catherine, while Air Jamaica helped in bringing the team to Jamaica.

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