The Cari-Med Group has joined forces with other private sector entities in supporting the efforts of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) to construct a field hospital to manage the increase in COVID-19 admissions at the St Andrew-based health facility.
Chief Executive Officer of the Group, Dennis Grant, handed over a cheque for $2.2 million during a tour of the field hospital site on October 12 involving representatives of the Cari-Med Group and other private sector stakeholders.
In accepting the donation on behalf of the UHWI, Medical Chief of Staff at the hospital, Dr Carl Bruce, said the funds would facilitate the purchase of a modular hard wall tent structure, which will be combined with similar structures to build out fully functional units that are capable of housing an additional 60 to 80 beds.
In commending the work of the technical team handling the project, Bruce said the UHWI had received positive feedback from international health organisations for the design and functionality of the modular hospital, which is equipped with facilities for electricity, water supplies and waste removal.
The facility is to be equipped to operate autonomously, and has been created to offer high-quality medical assistance.
The structure is designed to withstand any type of climate, and is adaptable to any environment.
The Cari-Med Group’s support of the UHWI field hospital initiative comes just months after the Group assisted the Nurses’ Association of Jamaica (NAJ) to facilitate fitting of respiratory masks for nurses at the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee hospitals.