Republic of Korea donates to KPH
The government of the Republic of Korea has donated essential medical supplies to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).
These much-needed items -- comprising a medline excel wheelchair, a medline roll stand with a large basket, an adult cuff, and a hospital bed with a three-function manual and mattress -- were handed over at the hospital's North Street location on Tuesday.
Kim Jinwook, the charge d'affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, emphasised the crucial role the donations play in fortifying the healthcare sector and addressing some of its challenges.
"Healthcare is a fundamental right, not a privilege. In our interconnected world, the well-being of one connects to the well-being of all. It is not about the size of the donation but the sincerity behind [it]," he said.
Kim praised the dedication of Jamaica's healthcare professionals, recognising their tireless efforts and their profound impact on the shared commitment to improving health.
Andre Lindsey, president of the Korean International Cooperation Agency Alumni Association Jamaica Chapter, said the donation was aimed at strengthening Jamaica's health sector.
"Under that programme, we decided to purchase equipment and donate it to three health facilities in Jamaica ... . In total, we donated about US$8,000 in equipment," he said.
Expressing gratitude, Major (ret'd) Dr Susan Wright, assistant regional technical director of the South East Regional Health Authority, thanked the government and people of Korea for their steadfast commitment to nurturing strong bilateral relationships. Wright said that this support will significantly aid the medical team in enhancing patient management and treatment.