Twelve hospitals across the island namely; Black River, Spanish Town, Cornwall Regional, Princess Margaret, National Chest, St. Ann’s Bay, Savannah La Mar, May Pen, Mandeville, Falmouth, Percy Junior and the Kingston Public Hospitals received Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BIPAP) Machines valued at USD$15,000 from Jamaicans Abroad Helping Jamaicans At Home (JAHJAH) Foundation, to improve its medical services.
The BIPAP machine is a non-invasive form of therapy for patients suffering from sleep apnea, pneumonia, asthma, and or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.
Dr. Terry Baker, Senior Medical Officer, National Chest Hospital expressed profound gratitude to the JAHJAH Foundation for recognizing the need to improve public health care through the donations of the BIPAP machines that will assist patients with respiratory illnesses and heart conditions.
She was speaking at the official presentation ceremony, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
Dr. Hugh Wong, Head of the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department and Consultant, Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) said that the BIPAP machines will help to reduce the number of patients that requires Intensive Care Admissions at the KPH. “The A&E Department treats 300 patients with asthma on a monthly basis,” he said.