New refrigerator boosts hospital's blood storage

March 31, 2017
Immediate past president of the Jamaica Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Limited (JAIFA), Joel Dixon (second left), and Percy Junor Hospital CEO, Carlton Nichols (second right), symbolically commission a new compact blood bank refrigerator into service, during a presentation ceremony at the facility located in Spaldings, Manchester, on Tuesday, March 28. Looking on (from left) are the hospital's Senior Medical Officer, Dr. Carlos Wilson, and JAIFA President, Hugh Meredith.

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.

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