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Black River Hospital receives major donation valued at US$350,000

Published:Saturday | March 25, 2023 | 12:06 AM
Junior Resident at the Black River Hospital (BRH), Dr Richard Johnson (3rd left) accepts the donation from Project C.U.R.E from senior medical officer at the BRH, Dr Sheriff Imoru (right). Also in photo are: Consultant Paediatrician for the BRH, Dr Aggrey
Junior Resident at the Black River Hospital (BRH), Dr Richard Johnson (3rd left) accepts the donation from Project C.U.R.E from senior medical officer at the BRH, Dr Sheriff Imoru (right). Also in photo are: Consultant Paediatrician for the BRH, Dr Aggrey Sajabi (left); BRH. director of Nursing Services, Maria Stampp (2nd left); parish manager for the St Elizabeth Health Services; Sean Brissett (3rd right) and CEO for the BRH, Diana Brown-Miller.
From left; Dr Conway Gordon, project manager; Diana Brown-Miller, CEO of Black River Hospital; Javion Blake, founder of Jus Chill International; Maria Stampp, director of Nursing Services; Dr Aggrey Sajabi, consultant paediatrician of Black River Hospital.
From left; Dr Conway Gordon, project manager; Diana Brown-Miller, CEO of Black River Hospital; Javion Blake, founder of Jus Chill International; Maria Stampp, director of Nursing Services; Dr Aggrey Sajabi, consultant paediatrician of Black River Hospital.
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The Black River Hospital in St Elizabeth has received a donation of medical equipment and supplies valued at US$350,000. This was made possible through a partnership between Javion Blake, founder of Jus Chill International, and Project C.UR.E. – a non-profit organisation with a focus on global health aid. Representatives say the donation marks the beginning of a four-year partnership with the hospital.

The donation includes: a laparoscopic machine and supplies; an anaesthetic machine and monitor, a colposcope, a defibrillator and supplies, an autoclave machine, a pulse oximeter, nebulisers, sphygmomanometers, stethoscopes, thermometers, patient beds, a stretcher, an adult scale, examination tables, wheelchairs, gloves, goggles, gowns, N-95 masks, dental supplies and instruments, dressing supplies, syringes, respiratory and nebuliser supplies, diapers, endoscopy supplies, fetal monitor and supplies, monitors, crutches, office chairs, a small refrigerator and other items.

LITTLE RESOURCES

The items were officially handed over on March 20 on the grounds of the hospital and will be distributed to the Black River Hospital, the Santa Cruz Health Centre and the Black River Health Centre in St Elizabeth.

The allocation of the donations was coordinated by Dr Conway Gordon, who, as a locum medical student from China, completed a year of observership at the BRH some time ago and had promised to give back to the hospital.

“While at the Black River Hospital, I realised how the staff did so much with little resources and with great passion. This passion was not only evident in how they care for the patients that they serve but for the people of the community as well as the students who train there. It inspired me both professionally and personally and drove me to find a way give back to the hospital. So, I reached out to my friend Javion Blake, an entrepreneur and innovator who I know has a penchant for philanthropy. He made some contacts and that is how Project C.U.R.E was able to respond so promptly to collaborate with us and make the donation, which we are really grateful for” Dr Gordon said.

“The aim is to use this as a pilot project to try and launch even bigger donation innovations across the island. If not by Javion and myself then by others who can be inspired by what we are trying to do. We need more efforts like this I am happy that I was able to assist in giving back to the hospital and the people of St Elizabeth in this way,” Dr Gordon added.

Consultant paediatrician for the BRH, Dr Aggrey Sajabi, who was on hand to accept the donation, expressed gratitude to Project C.U.R.E. for contributing in such a meaningful way.

He explained that a team of physicians, electricians and medical technologists from Project C.U.R.E assessed the facilities which will receive the items and matched the types of equipment needed with the equipment that they had.