Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson (2nd right), shakes hands with Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Yasuo Takase (left), during the handing over of medical equipment by the Japanese Government to the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St. Andrew on December 11. Looking on is Board Chairman, South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA), Dr. Andrei Cooke. (Photo – JIS Photographer)
The Bustamante Hospital for Children in St. Andrew has benefited from a $9 million donation of lifesaving medical equipment and supplies, from the Japanese Government. Provided through grant funding under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects, the items include eight patient monitors; an esophagoscope; a mobile dental unit; an oscillator; six mobile blood pressure machines; one suction pump; a ventilator; and a binocular indirect ophthalmoscope.
Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, who accepted the items from Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Yasuo Takase, during a brief ceremony at the hospital on Thursday, December 11, expressed gratitude to the Japanese Government for the “generous gift”.
He said the equipment will go a far way in improving services for the young patients at the hospital.
Dr. Ferguson further assured that the Government remains committed to improving the lives of the nation’s children by working towards achieving the Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG 4), which targets a two thirds reduction in infant and children mortality by 2015.
“Children are the future of this country and so every effort should be made to protect them, preserve their rights and provide for their needs,” the Minister stated.
He also appealed to the staff at the hospital to “take care of the equipment and to keep them on the right maintenance schedule”.
“We have to begin to treat equipment in the health sector as if they are ours, because they actually belong to all of us and some day, we may need to use them,” he pointed out.
Ambassador Takase, for his part, said his Government was happy to assist the country’s health sector.The Bustamante Hospital for Children is the only specialist children’s hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean, providing a comprehensive range of diagnostic, preventative, curative, rehabilitative and ambulatory services to approximately 77,000 patients annually.
Jamaica and Japan are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations this year.
Japanese Government Donates Medical Supplies to Bustamante Hospital
By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker December 12, 2014