“Gloves are a thing that we are always in need of (and) use a lot of, so this is going to be of real value and use to the hospital and to the patients. So, we just want to say thank you so much for your consideration and for this donation.”
Those were the words of gratitude expressed by the Director of Hospital Services, Esther Fleary, after accepting a donation of 10, 000 medium sized powdered latex hand gloves costing just over EC$2, 300, from Talk Show Host, Kem Jones, during a brief ceremony at the General Hospital in St. George’s on April 17.
According to Jones, who made the presentation on behalf of the callers and listeners of his radio programme “The Eagle’s Eye,” the initiative was born out of concerns raised by 2 individuals, who called the programme indicating that there was a need for disposable hand gloves at the General Hospital.
“Straight away, I decided to ask the listeners to give towards this cause,” Jones said, noting that “within no time, we were able to get 10, 000 gloves to give to the hospital.”
THE NEW TODAY understands that the gloves, which are packaged in the amount of 1000 per box, were purchased at Bryden and Minors Ltd., at a cost of approximately EC$230.00 each.
A total of 10 boxes were handed over to the Director of Hospital Services, who was accompanied by Director of Nursing Services, Anoris Martin-Charles, Deputy Director of Hospital Services, Joanna Humphrey and Departmental Manager of Operating Theatre, Recovery Room and Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Sherma Burris.
In response, Fleary said: “Whilst we know people will say that there is not certain things in the hospital, we do have but from time to time we do need to be topped up and we do appreciate the consideration at this time.”
Speaking with THE NEW TODAY, Fleary pointed out that she was “not too sure what the issue was about a shortage of gloves” however, she said, a check was made and it was found that “we had gloves but we (just) didn’t have (any more) small (size), but we had a stock of medium and large (sizes) at the time.
“So, I am not too sure how these things get around but gloves are a supply that we need all the time and we always try to have a maximum amount,” she said, noting, that “approximately 5000 gloves are used (by hospital staff) in the space of two weeks or so.”
The female Hospital Director noted that the Procurement department usually order supplies (of gloves) to last approximately three months, however, she was not in a position to disclose the quantity or the cost.
Health Minister Nickolas Steele told reporters last Tuesday, that while his ministry welcomed the donation from Jones there is no shortage of gloves at the General Hospital.
“Kem Jones offered a donation, I made sure that the ministry, at a technical level, guaranteed the quality and we accepted the gloves from him but we don’t have a shortage of gloves”, he remarked.