Thursday 9 April, 2020

Rotary Club West donates $60 000 to help QEH Respiratory Unit project

Members of Rotary Club of Barbados West and the QEH Respiratory Unit at the cheque presentation.

Members of Rotary Club of Barbados West and the QEH Respiratory Unit at the cheque presentation.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Respiratory Unit has received a much-needed injection of funds to rebuild and improve treatment given to persons with respiratory issues on island.

The cheque for $60,000 was a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Barbados West and presented to QEH administration Tuesday evening.

At the cheque presentation, Department Head Anne-Marie Hassle described the donation as a "good partnership between the public and private sector" and encouraged other institutions to follow suit."

Speaking on behalf of the hospital and on behalf of the Respiratory Unit, she said:

"I would like to thank the Rotary Club West for this generous donation towards our unit and it has come at a very timely occasion. As the CEO would say it is a very good partnership between the public and private sector and we appreciate this kind of support.

"It's nice to know that we not only have the Rotary Club but we have other institutions who will follow suit. Because of what Rotary does, people will recognize that it is good to give to the QEH and that we can preserve and maintain what was given to us.

"We are eager to get back into our little space downstairs and start functioning in a new environment and I know that this would go a long way in completing the project."

Rotary Club West President Morton Holder, who noted that the QEH is the primary health care provider in Barbados, said that when approached about the venture the club "looked at it favourably".

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"We've been involved in the hospital now years with the MIC unit, construction of the Dialysis Unit as well and also making other donations such as beds and other equipment for the hospital. When we were approached we looked at it favourably especially seeing that the hospital is a primary health care provider within Barbados and at the end of the day we all know someone that has gone to or may be coming to the hospital for care."

Being an asthmatic himself, Holder vowed to make a continual effort to give support to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

"We've decided to make this donation and to continuously be there with the hospital whether it is via a donation of this type, maintenance of equipment and especially seeing that asthma is a prevailing condition within Barbados. Being an asthma sufferer myself, I do know the need and what is required, so Rotary West was definitely excited and willing to assist in this venture."

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