Wednesday, 31 January 2018

NEWS FEED: Japan donates millions to assist Spanish Town Hospital + St. Andrew’s Randolph Home is 2018 NLPB beneficiary + Operations at children’s homes to be assessed

SOLID SUPPORT: The Japanese government has offered a $9.4 million grant to the Spanish Town Hospital to provide essential ultrasound equipment to enhance medical services at the St. Catherine-based hospital, which is being upgraded to a Type A facility. Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, Hiromasa Yamazaki, participated in a grant signing ceremony with Minister Chris Tufton at the health ministry’s New Kingston offices recently. The grant falls under the Asian country’s Grassroots Human Security grant programme, which last year provided the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital with $8.2 million for the acquisition of ultrasound machines. The Grassroots programme was established in 2013. 

WORTHY CAUSE: Each year the proceeds from the collection taken up at the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast is donated to an institution that looks after the underprivileged, the poor and the destitute. Past beneficiaries include the Trench Town-based Eira Schrader Home for the Aged, the Glenhope Place of Safety and the Marie Atkins Night Shelter for the Homeless. This year, on the occasion of the 38th renewal of the NLPB, the funds are being donated to the Randolph Lopez School of Hope (located on Golding Avenue, near UWI Mona), which cares for physically and mentally challenged youngsters, aged six to 20 years. In 2017, a little over half-a-million dollars was given to Children First to assist with their holistic life skills and skills-building project at the South Camp Juvenile Correctional Centre, benefitting 50 wards of the state. 

> Sound byte! 
“It’s important that [we] get a clear understanding of what transpired. We’re going to do a full audit of all the children’s homes to make sure that they are all operating at the requisite standard so we can mitigate any possible recurrence of fires because this is not the first [incident] that has occurred at children’s homes. So we need, very importantly, to get to the bottom of this one.” – Youth, Education and Information minister, Ruel Reid, in response to the recent fire at the Walker’s Place of Safety, which claimed the lives of two female wards

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