100 wheelchairs donated to Health Ministry and KPH

Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton (left) and Past President of the Rotary Club of St Andrew and Chairman of the club’s Wheelchair Project Committee, Lloyd Eubank-Green, examine one of 100 wheelchairs that have been donated to the Ministry and the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH). (Photo: JIS)

One hundred wheelchairs have been donated to the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) by the international non-profit organisation, The Wheelchair Foundation, to improve services within the public health sector.

Each entity will receive 50 wheelchairs to give greater comfort to patients who access services at public health institutions.

The chairs have been donated through the Foundation’s local partners, the Rotary Club of St Andrew under its Wheelchair Project, and the skills training institute, Operation Friendship.

“This initiative has mushroomed into a significant contribution to public health.”

— Tufton

The symbolic handover took place on Thursday, September 26, at Operation Friendship in Kingston.

In his address, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton thanked the charity organisation and its stakeholders for the generous donation and encouraged other private citizens and institutions to do their part to revitalise the spirit of volunteerism in the society.

“It is important to highlight the critical role that volunteerism and giving back play in the development of our society. This initiative has mushroomed into a significant contribution to public health,” he said.