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Rotary Club of Negril, Calgary North to undertake US$400,000 project at Negril clinic

BY ANTHONY LEWIS
Observer West writer

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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NEGRIL, Westmoreland — The Rotary Club of Negril is working with their counterparts from Calgary North in Canada to equip the Negril Health Centre with a maternal and child care facility, valued at approximately, US$400,000.

Newly installed president of the Negril club, Ramon Bremmer, said the project is to be implemented in the 2018/2019 Rotary calendar year.

“There is one big project that we plan to do with Calgary North. We want to equip the Negril clinic with the facilities for maternal and child care,” disclosed Bremmer.

“So we are looking at putting in equipment to take care of mothers and their children for this Rotary year 2018/2019. And, that will be a new project.”

The Negril Chamber of Commerce is presently working on a public/ private partnership initiative to raise funds, in an effort to renovate and expand the Negril Health Centre.

However, Bremmer told the Jamaica Observer West recently that if the expansion work is not complete within months, then his club is willing to forge ahead with their maternal and child care project.

“We want to wait on the upgrade, because they (Negril Chamber) do plan to upgrade the Negril clinic to make it more efficient and effective. However, if the plant itself is not ready, we are still ready to go ahead in ensuring that they have the necessary equipment to deal with maternal and child care,” Bremmer explained.

Bremmer, who is a senior teacher at the Sheffield All-Age School in Westmoreland, further explained the club's decision to undertake such a project.

“When you go to the clinic, you notice that there are long lines, but not only that, you recognise that they don't have the necessary resources to carry out certain things, and as a result, the Rotary Club of Negril is passionate about ensuring that our mothers and children are taken care of,” he said.

Bremmer also revealed that people from Calgary North recently visited the island and have shown an interest in partnering with his club to undertake other projects.

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