Jamaica: Hospitals to get mobile blood pressure machines

The State Minister in the Ministry of Health and Wellness - Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, has informed that fifteen hospitals, including thirteen in the rural areas, would receive mobile blood pressure machines and arm cuffs of different sizes.

Jamaica: The State Minister in the Ministry of Health and Wellness – Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, has informed that fifteen hospitals, including thirteen in the rural areas, would receive mobile blood pressure machines and arm cuffs of different sizes.

While speaking at the handover of the machine by the Rotary Club of St. Andrew North, in New Kingston, the Minister stated that incompetent supplies of the mobile blood pressure monitors and children arm cuffs have affected the ability of some rural hospitals to react fully with the treatment.

Following the statement, she noted that “Today’s handover ceremony marks a move in the right direction, as the Ministry, through this gift, attempts to improve and advance the quality of the healthcare across the country, particularly to the population of our children and adolescent.”

Former President of the Rotary Club of St. Andrew North – Henleith Annmarie Curtis, noted that this donation includes thirty-six wheeled internal mobile blood pressure machines and 159 cuffs of varied sizes for infants and children which would be then distributed to 15 hospitals across the region, 13 of which are in rural areas.

She further asserted that the paediatric nephrology centres at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, University Hospital of the West Indies – UHWI and at the Cornwall Regional Hospital – CRH, would get a 24-hour constant ambulatory blood pressure monitor for the children.

The Rotary Club has collaborated with the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation on the project. Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation is a charitable organisation dedicated to working in order to improve the healthcare of children with kidney disease.

The founder of the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation – Dr Maolynne Miller, stated, “Jamaica Kidney Kids foundation intends to maintain to be in touch with the paediatricians in the hospitals getting these gifts to assist feasible with repairs and maintenance of the equipment.”

She further informed that this donation would limit patient’s transfers and would also improve the treatment of newborns and children in the nation’s hospitals.