PAJ Committed to Falmouth Hospital
The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) underlined its commitment to the Trelawny health sector with a donation to the pediatric department through Friends of Falmouth Hospital.
According to Professor Gordon Shirley, President and CEO of Port Authority of Jamaica, it is necessary for Falmouth to have a first class hospital in keeping with the town’s development as a first class cruise shipping destination.
He has committed to working with the Falmouth hospital through the charity organisation known as the Friends of Falmouth Hospital.
Professor Shirley said: “What I have committed to today, is that beyond their individual efforts, the Port Authority will take on one of the major projects for the pediatrics group. In addition, we will be taking on the accident and emergency unit until it is completed.”
Port Authority’s commitment began with a donation of $500,000 presented by Mark Hylton, PAJ’s Falmouth Port Manager.
This amount was towards the paediatric unit at the hospital, with a $3 million amount coming up for the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department, which PAJ will also “adopt.”
Mark Hylton hinted that the donations will be ongoing.
The donation was accepted by Sheona Muschett, wife of the Custos of Trelawny. She is the chairperson for the Friends of Falmouth Hospital charity organization, which has been voluntarily assisting the Trelawny health sector for over 40 years.
Thankful for the Contribution
In response to the donation, Dr Kenneth Douglas, Regional Manager for Western Health Authority, was thankful for the contribution from PAJ.
He cited the importance of an improved Falmouth Hospital. Dr Douglas pointed out that Falmouth’s population has increased by 20% over the last 5 years.
In addition, to the increased population, he said that the development of the highway puts pressure on the Accident and Emergency department. Since the highway’s development, Dr Douglas said, “there has been a tremendous increase in accidents.”
He was therefore thankful for the adoption of the A&E department by Port Authority.
The occasion was a presentation and update of the Port Authority of Jamaica community projects in Falmouth, held at the Falmouth Pier on Friday, January 19, 2018.