We delivered some emergency supplies to Mandeville Regional Hospital last night (29th August 2021), after a plea from the CEO for assistance from local the tourism sector.
A team of helpers from Treasure Beach sent sheets, towels, beds, water, toilet roll, napkins and hot food for all the hardworking staff. Lashings Owner David Folb said: "We have taken two truck fulls so far and are now waiting for other guesthouses and business to drop more stuff to take up there too. The people who are working up in these hospitals are heroes, so we are also taking pizzas for them, as well for patients who have not got food.
" I want to thank everyone who has donated and dropped items to us at Lashings. Also big thanks to all the staff at Mandeville Hospital who are working around the clock. The kindness of some people is mind blowing. Treasure Beach is a truly wonderful community when we all help like this!"
The delivery followed a plea for help from the hospitality sector for spare beds to be used in triage areas where patients are awaiting transfer to the wards. Mandeville Hospital's CEO Alwyn Miller told the Jamaica Observer that Covid-19 patients were being accommodated in a tent, but recent bad weather has meant they were moved indoors. A photo appeared on social media purported to be in the hospital's outpatient department where patients were seen lying on floors.
Mr Miller told the Observer: "We had a situation on Friday evening where we had 21 patients that were between the tent and the A&E department. It is not practical for us to keep them in the A&E department and the tent, because we recognised that more people are coming in and when they come in, we have to triage them under the tent, so we have to make the space.
“We provided mattresses for them to lie on... That is a holding space prior to them being moved to the isolation ward when the space becomes available."
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