Donation of the equipment, which is valued at over $356,000, was made in partnership with the Montego Bay Freezone, which adopted the hospital’s Physiotherapy Department as part of its 30th anniversary outreach project this year.
“We are continuing with this project through our partnership with the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation, which has donated this important piece of equipment,” said Assistant Vice President of the Montego Bay Freezone, Gloria Henry.
“We also have acquired some office equipment that we will be bringing to the Physiotherapy Department as well,” she informed.
General Manager of the SJF, Karen Donaldson, commended the Freezone on its community outreach.
She said “we are very aware of the many constraints faced by the health sector and we are extremely pleased to be playing our part as the Cornwall Regional Hospital works towards establishing itself as a world-class health service provider.”
A Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulator is used extensively with orthopedic patients, who comprise the majority of persons needing physiotherapy and most of whom have to be treated for nerve damage that causes weakness of the muscles.
As a result of Friday’s donation, the hospital now has two Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulators to serve between 60 and 70 outpatients daily, as well as in-patients.
Physiotherapy Services Manager at the hospital, Denise Forsythe, in expressing delight, said “we are very grateful for this machine. It will go a far way in helping all our patients, especially orthopedic patients.”
The SJF is a non-profit organisation aimed at deepening the friendship between the people of Spain and Jamaica through sustainable participation in educational, cultural, environmental and health-based initiatives that contribute to community development.
It is operated by a board headed by Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Aníbal Jiménez Abascal.
The members include RIU Hotels and Resorts, Bahía Príncipe, Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, Grand Palladium – Fiesta Hotel Group, Secrets Resorts and Spa, Hospiten, The Excellence Group, Euro Divisas and the Embassy of Spain in Jamaica.
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