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A nurse of deserved honour

marciadottin, marciadottin@nationnews.com

Added 20 November 2012

It is a laudable gesture to rename the Warrens Polyclinic after the outstanding nurse Eunice Gibson. However, in keeping with the reported remarks of Minister of Health Donville Inniss that the renaming was part of the commitment “to recognize nurses for their outstanding work in Barbados”, mention should be made of the gallant and committed staff, and especially of the first sister in charge Nurse Leonora Jackman, who pioneered the work of the clinic from its inception in April 1976. In those early days, the staff were about six or eight, and the clinic operated from the one-door building originally meant to be a crematorium. By 1981, the new polyclinic was ready and its work, especially in the areas of antenatal care, child health and family planning, was outstanding. Sister Jackman herself often went beyond the call of duty doing follow-up visits in the field. It is but fair to acknowledge her service now the name Warrens Polyclinic is passing into history.  

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