Lend a hand

Patrick Bethell (left) demonstrates how the full electric homecare beds are operated, while Tony Williams and Minister of Health, Donville Inniss look on.


Minister of Health Donville Inniss has thrown out a challenge to service clubs to look at a larger project which would see them working with the physically and mentally challenged.

Inniss’ challenge came during the official handing over of equipment to the Evalina Smith Children’s Ward at the St. Philip District Hospital by the Rotary Club of Barbados.

He said his ministry wanted to raise the level of awareness of the existence and challenges of differently able individuals.

The health minister said: “For example, there are those who reach the age of 16 and may have to leave the facility and cannot go out into the normal world of work because of whatever physical challenge they may have. I think we have to find a way to help those who may be visually or hearing impaired to make a contribution to society.”

Earlier, Inniss acknowledged the hard work that would have gone into acquiring the funds and establishing a partnership with Rotary Club Walsall Saddlers of the United Kingdom.

He pointed out that officials in the Ministry of Health could not quantify in dollars and cents what was done at the Children’s Ward.

The minister further stated that the ministry wanted to move the institution to a higher level since the 18 children warded

members of staff who went beyond the call of duty to ensure that the children enjoyed a high quality of care.

Inniss recognised the challenge which confronted members of staff who had to lift patients and lauded the Rotary Club of Barbados for the six, full electric home-care beds it had presented.

He repeated his warning that the state could not provide everything for its citizens since they did not pay enough taxes.

The minister therefore welcomed philanthropic groups such as the Rotary Club who assisted in enhancing the quality of life of the less privileged.

He welcomed the presentation of diagnostic equipment and pointed out that no longer would patients have to travel to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for tests.

While noting that several members of the society enjoyed life in the comfort of their homes, Inniss suggested that some of them should visit these institutions to offer friendship, or even assist in plaiting hair or having a quiet talk with the patients. (NC)

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