Computers donated to the Bustamante Hospital for Children

October 20, 2017
Her Excellency, the Most Hon Lady Allen (left), and 13-year-old patient at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, Wenecia Spencer (centre), look on as Senior Medical Officer for the hospital, Dr Michelle-Ann Richards-Dawson, points to an object on a computer during the handover ceremony for several computers and accessories to the hospital's Learning and Activity room last Tuesday.

The Bustamante Hospital for Children's Learning and Activity room has been outfitted as a state-of-the-art learning centre with the donation of several computers and accessories through the Governor General's 'I Believe' initiative.

The handover ceremony for the equipment was held last Tuesday at the hospital's Arthur Wint Drive address in St Andrew.

The donation, which was made by the United States-based charity Friends of Jamaica Seattle, included several computers - pre-loaded with software - flat-screen monitors, keyboards, surge protectors, and printers.

An air-conditioning unit was also donated and installed by Appliance Traders Limited. Expanded Wi-Fi service to facilitate Internet access in the learning centre is being provided free of cost to the hospital by local telecommunications company Flow Jamaica. An additional eight desktop computers are to be delivered to the institution soon.

The learning and activity centre was reopened in 2012, following extensive renovation by the Scotiabank Foundation and Restaurants of Jamaica Limited.

In her address at the ceremony, patron of the hospital, Her Excellency, the Most Hon Lady Allen, thanked the charity and sponsors for their generous donation.

Pointing out that convalescence can sometimes take many months, Lady Allen said that the initiative would assist in improved quality of life for the young patients during their recovery while ensuring that they did not fall behind in their studies.

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