Cash to care: Four health facilities receive $400,000

The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JSCA), on Thursday (Dec 12), donated $100,000 each to four health facilities from the proceeds of the JSCA’s Centenary Charity Grand Prix 5K Run/Walk.

President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), O’Neil Grant (third left); the JCSA’s 1st Vice President, Techa Clarke-Griffiths (second right), and Race Director of the JCSA Centenary Charity Grand Prix 5K Run/Walk, Allan Beckford (left), with the beneficiaries of the proceeds of the run/walk (from left) Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Kingston Public Hospital, Diane McIsaacs; Acting Parish Manager at St. Ann’s Bay Health Department, Arlene Mighty, and Parish Administrator for the Westmoreland Health Department, Claudia Watson, at the handover ceremony at JACISERA Park in Kingston, on Thursday (December 12). (Photo: Michael Sloley/JIS)

The beneficiaries are the St. Ann’s Bay Health Department, in the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA); Whitehouse Health Centre, Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA); Mandeville Health Centre, Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA); and the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA).

The money will be used to purchase an otoscope and a defibrillator machine at White House Health Centre; to retrofit the Outpatient Department – North and South Wing – with new chairs, ceiling fans and cabinets, at KPH; to purchase supplies at the St. Ann’s Bay Health Department, and to expand the Parental Health Clinic at the Mandeville Health Centre.

These entities were selected by the respective regional directors, based on the needs identified.

National Epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr. Karen Webster, collects a plaque on behalf of Jamaica Moves from President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), O’Neil Grant, at a handover ceremony at JACISERA Park in Kingston, on Thursday (December 12). (Photo: Michael Sloley/JIS)

The Charity Grand Prix included four races that were held in Runaway Bay, St. Ann; Montego Bay, St. James; Denbigh, Clarendon; and at JACISERA Park, Kingston, between February and May.

“For us at the KPH, being the largest hospital in Jamaica and the Caribbean, this gift will go a long way in improving patient care”

— Deputy Chief Executive Officer at KPH, Diane McIsaacs

The events were part of the JCSA’s 100th anniversary celebrations, held under the theme ‘Running into 100 Years Healthy’.

At the presentation ceremony, held at JACISERA Park in Kingston, President of the JCSA, O’Neil Grant, expressed gratitude to members of the sports committee, who worked tirelessly to organise the four races and the sponsors who came on board and helped to make the donations possible.

President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), O’Neil Grant (centre), speaks with Jamaica National Group Marketing Executive, Aditi Dhiman (right), while the JCSA’s 1st Vice President, Techa Clarke-Griffiths, observes. Occasion was the presentation of $100,000 each to four health facilities by the JCSA at JACISERA Park in Kingston on Thursday (December 12). (Photo: Michael Sloley/JIS)

Meanwhile, representatives of the different health departments who collected the cheques expressed delight and gratitude.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer at KPH, Diane McIsaacs, while lauding the JCSA for using its anniversary to give back to others, said that “for us at the KPH, being the largest hospital in Jamaica and the Caribbean, this gift will go a long way in improving patient care”.

—JIS (Tanesha Mundle)