Kiwanis club gives back
The Kiwanis Club of Barbados North made a presentation of items including blood pressure kits to the Elayne Scantlebury Centre at the St Lucy District Hospital last Sunday.
President of the club Adrian Boyce said it was focusing on the elderly and children who were in need.
“We are pleased to make a presentation of toiletries, night chairs and blood pressure kits, which were donated by a person overseas who was eager to assist in this venture,” he said.
Minister of Health Donville Inniss thanked the Kiwanis North for the assistance, saying the donation would go far in helping the institution in the care and management of its residents.
“Too often those who are forced into institutions under the care of the state are well taken care of by the staff but sometimes forgotten by those of us in wider society,” he said.
The new location of the centre on the compound of the St Lucy District Hospital, would be its permanent home, Inniss stated. He explained that the Ministry of Health took the decision because the centre which was previously housed at Belleplaine, St Andrew, was in a dilapidated state for quite some time.
“We took a decision in the Ministry that we should complete renovations to the facilities here at St Lucy District Hospital and relocate the residents from Belleplaine to St Lucy. It has not been an easy task; it has been a rather long one. I am satisfied there are still some issues that have to be resolved in order to make this facility as comfortable as possible for the residents and the staff but we are certainly moving in the right direction,” he said.
Here, Minister of Health Donville Inniss (left), President of Kiwanis North Adrian Boyce (centre) and staff nurse Hyacinth Ramsay (at right) during the presentation. (RL/BGIS)