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Bugs force patient relocation at Noel Holmes Hospital

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Bugs force patient relocation at Noel Holmes Hospital

BY HORACE HINES
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hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, February 11, 2019

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LUCEA, Hanover — Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) Director Errol Greene has confirmed that some patients at Noel Holmes Public General Hospital in Lucea have been relocated to accommodate the extermination of bugs which have infested a section of the facility.

“The area that it is concentrated, the patients are being relocated to treat it,” Greene told the Jamaica Observer Friday afternoon. “We realise there is a problem and we are dealing with it right now.”

The Observer had received a video in which a swarm of bugs was seen on walls at the hospital.

A check with the WRHA regional director revealed that the insects were transported to the health care facility by pigeons in the area.

“I can tell you that pigeons are carrying the bugs. But it is being treated right now as we speak and we are going to work out now how we deal with the pigeons. It (infestation) is contained, it is not all over the hospital; it is one small area,” Greene disclosed.

He did not specify the affected section of the hospital.

“I can’t say at the moment, but I am told it is not all over the hospital; it’s just one area,” he told the Observer.

Greene said he expected to receive a comprehensive report on the bug infestation this week.

 

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THE Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III is optimistic that the youth summer camps being funded under the programme will assist in improving relations between the police and citizens.

The CSJP III is supporting six residential and non-residential camps between July and August, targeted at young people in communities in which it operates across the island.

Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, CSJP III communications/social marketing specialist Patrice Tomlinson-Nephew said that the programme is committed to working with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), through its Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB), to increase engagement with citizens.

“All of our services offered — which include increasing their economic prospects, introducing them to life skills, and conflict resolution — are good, but if we don’t help to bridge the gap between police and citizens, it is almost as if our efforts might have been futile,” she explained.

Tomlinson-Nephew said that the CSJP III recognises the positive impact of building good relations between the police and community members, particularly the youth.

“These youngsters are exposed to another side of the JCF so they will understand that police personnel are human beings just like them. They will also gain a greater appreciation for law and order, so that is the rationale behind supporting camps that help to bridge police-citizen relations,” she added.

Sergeant Alexander Bloomfield, who also addressed the think tank, said “The police is there to reassure (citizens) that we aren’t just there to protect but also to serve them in whatever capacity that is necessary.

“We go into these communities daily to build a relationship, especially with the youth, for them to understand that we as the police officers cannot do our job without them,” he explained.

The summer camps funded by the CSJP III are coordinated by the Kingston Western division, St Andrew South division, Kingston South CSSB, St James Division, Kingston Eastern Division, St Andrew Central Division Sports Club, and the Office of the Children’s Advocate.

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Novlet Davis-Bucknor (left), founder of the United States-based LJDR Davis Foundation and a former resident of Brandon Hill, Clarendon, and dental technician Natalee Afflick (centre), reassure Brandon Hill resident Gabriel Dean as she undergoes a dental exam and cleaning. Gabriel was among more than 1,000 residents of Brandon Hill and surrounding communities who benefitted from a health fair staged by the foundation, in association with the Cari- Med Foundation, from July 15 to 18 at Evelyn…

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BUSTAMANTE Hospital for Children — the only specialist paediatric hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean — has managed to reduce its energy bill, thanks to the support of Guardsman Games.

The purchase of a Turn-Key Grid-Tied System for US$10,494, from proceeds of the games by Guardsman Group Limited, was officially handed over to the hospital in July 2018.

According to David Arscott — senior manager of Future Energy Corporation, the company commissioned to install the solar energy system — the hospital is reaping monetary benefits.

“The 5kW system has an estimated production of 7,000 kwh (Kilowatt hours) annually. This will give an estimated annual savings of around $300,000 and is projected to provide a lifetime savings of $28,759,495,” Arscott is quoted in a recent release.

The hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Camille Panton shared that the system has proven its worth in its first year of operations.

“We are always adding new equipment, so if we were not getting that help from the solar energy system we would be faced with much higher electricity costs,” she is quoted as saying in the release.

Funding for the donation was made possible through part proceeds from 2017 Guardsman Games, and the system is currently being used to aid in powering the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

Panton explained that the system feeds into the hospital’s power grid while also controlling costs.

“Before the installations, we were seeing the electricity bill constantly rising, but while it now fluctuates, it is predominantly lower,” Panton shared.

The hospital CEO also highlights that the solar energy system is state-of-the-art and has required no repairs in its first year of operations.

“The system is working well, and the company which the system was purchased from has indicated that once we have any difficulties, they stand ready to facilitate us at any time,” she said.

The system can also be expanded to increase the energy produced by the solar panels.

The system’s cost of generation is US$0.06 per kilowatt hour, 82 per cent lower when compared to US$0.35 per kilowatt hour by the light and power company, Jamaica Public Service, the release continued.

The system is also expected to provide green energy for the next 40 years, while paying back its investment value in five years.

On Sunday, July 28, 2019, charity, athleticism and team spirit will converge in one space again with the Guardsman Games — comprising three events: Guardsman Challenge, LASCO Food Drink Tuff Kids Challenge, and Power Games.

Guardsman Challenge — a six-kilometre race with more than 20 obstacles — also serves as a qualifying race for individuals to represent Jamaica at the Obstacle Course Race World Championships in London, England. It starts at 6:00 am.

The LASCO Food Drink Tuff Kids Challenge, for children between nine and 14 years old, starts at 11:00 am.

The team event, Power Games, will host its Wild Card Play-off at 12:00 pm, closing with the finals at 1:00 pm, the release said.

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