Polyclinics across the island will benefit from new medical instruments donated to the Ministry of Health by an international medical supply company.
Sphygmomanometers, wall mounted ophthalmoscopes and otoscopes, scales and balances, recognition pins and educational motivational charts, valued at $8,000, were handed over to the ministry by representatives of Rayomed, based in Miami, Florida.
The presentation took place this afternoon at the Branford Taitt Polyclinic, Black Rock, St Michael, where Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand accepted the supplies, which she said would go a long way in benefiting the polyclinics.
She thanked the company with which the ministry has formed a business relationship for donating the supplies.
Technical director with Rayomed, Hubert Alonso, said he hoped the supplies would make life easier for staff members and patients at the polyclinics, noting that particular interest should be paid to the educational charts which are used to encourage preventative measures.
“A picture is worth a thousand words, and when you have some of these educational posters it is easier to make a person feel a little bit more comfortable with a disease they may be dealing with, in terms of showing them pictures and explaining things to them.
“As for the [supplies], they will help the patients because in many instances we have limited resources in some of the polyclinics and this would be additional products for them to use . . . and there is enough there for all nine of the polyclinics,” Alonso said.