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Dr highlights major difference Shaggy & Friends has made to children's hospital.

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BY RICHARD JOHNSON Senior staff reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, January 01, 2014    

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DR Lambert Innis was lost for words as he attempted to describe the impact that international reggae/dancehall artiste Shaggy and his Make A Make a Difference Foundation was having at the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

Innis, the head of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the hospital, explained that presently the needs at the lone paediatric hospital in Jamaica are great, but things have come a far way, thanks to Shaggy and Friends.

"I don't think I could sit here and accurately reflect the major difference that the Shaggy Foundation and others have had on the Bustamante Hospital since I've been there... a major difference," Dr Innis told journalists at this week's Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange.

Dr Innis said that Shaggy (real name Orville Burrell), through his philanthropic efforts, has not only contributed to the facility, but has raised the level of awareness about the needs of the hospital.

"One of the major impacts that Shaggy and his friends have had on the hospital is to lift the level of awareness and have other people come on board. I cannot put a value to that," Dr Innis said.

He disclosed that another Jamaican reggae/dancehall artiste, Sean Paul -- who performed on the Shaggy and Friends show in the past -- has donated a ventilator "that has saved the lives of scores of children".

"I want to ensure that we understand that every item we get, every gift, every thank you, has served to improve staff morale and the quality of the service provided to Jamaicans," Dr Innis said.

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