New refrigerator boosts hospital's blood storage
The blood-storage capacity at the Percy Junor Hospital in Spaldings, Manchester, has been significantly boosted with the acquisition of a specialised compact refrigerator valued at a little over a J$1 million.
The purchase was initiated by the Jamaica Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Limited (JAIFA), which provided $500,000, with the remainder of the sum coming from the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA).
The hospital can now store 60 units of blood, up from 15 units.
Meredith described the presentation as "momentous" for the association.
"It is important to us that (for) the communities we serve, that we give back to them. So we are extremely happy to be making this presentation," he noted.
Immediate Past President of JAIFA, Joel Dixon, who initiated the project during his tenure, praised the organisation's members, who, he said, were instrumental in raising the funds to purchase the machine.
"We emphasised to them the need to give and give generously, and that they did. So, thanks to our members for their generous contributions," he added.