The Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Digicel Foundation have placed the safety of frontline workers in Jamaica’s hospitals as a priority. In a handover ceremony for J$1 Million in personal protective equipment on Wednesday, June 24, Minister Tufton and Denis O’Brien, Digicel Jamaica Chairman and Digicel Foundation Patron lauded doctors and staff at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) for their service.
“The work of our frontline workers during this pandemic is brave and impactful,” said Denis O’Brien. “I also have to congratulate the Minister of Health, his ministry and the Prime Minister for the incredible response the Government of Jamaica has had to the global pandemic – Jamaica is a leader in the global response.”
Jamaica has been hailed internationally for its national COVID-response. The Minister of Health and Wellness attributed that success to the work of Jamaica’s health workers. “It’s about the 17,000 or more committed workers who have demonstrated what we already knew – that they are committed to their work and the health and wellness of Jamaica.” He also thanked the Digicel Foundation for partnering with the public sector. “COVID has slowed us down across the globe and it is important for a united front and that we join forces. Digicel is demonstrating corporate social responsibility by making their contribution.”
In March, the Digicel Foundation responded to the growing need for public assistance with their Operation SAFE Mode campaign. This donation, which was held at the company’s downtown Kingston headquarters, is a part of a larger $42 Million initiative to Sanitise, Advocate, Feed and Enable Jamaicans. The campaign has seen several institutions partnering with the Digicel Foundation – paying tribute to the organisation's motto, ‘Together we create a world where no one gets left behind’.
“During this pandemic, Digicel has made it our mission to keep our customers, staff and all Jamaicans safe,” said O’Brien. “From sanitising our markets to donating data plans for students with disabilities, our team has proudly served and will continue to serve Jamaica – we are there with you.”
Among the items donated to the Kingston Public Hospital were 2,000 KN95 masks, 1,000 surgical masks, surgical gowns and reusable face shields and full bodysuits.