Paul Simpson, Deputy Chairman of Barita Investments (left) & Tanketa Chance-Wilson, Executive Director of Barita Foundation (right)

The University of Hospital of the West Indies’, UHWI, special project, which is intended to expand its facilities by between sixty to eighty additional beds for Covid-19 patient care, has received a US $15,000 boost via a donation from┬áBarita Investments Limited.

Barita Investments says the donation has been made as it takes steps to respond to an increase in hospitalisation as the country goes through another wave of infections.

Barita’s donation was made via the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, PSOJ initiative, which is coordinating a multi-stakeholder effort which is aimed at expediting the UHWI’s move to expand its facilities.

Commenting on the project,  Executive Director of Barita Foundation, Tanketa Chance-Wilson, said that the donation is intended to fast track emergency expansion efforts by the UHWI to add at least 19 modular hard-wall tent structures to its Accident and Emergency area, to help manage the spike in Covid-19 admissions.

Mrs. Chance-Wilson says Barita Investments recognises that it’s important to assist Jamaica in managing and overcoming what she described as arguably the greatest crisis which has faced the island and the globe, in general, in decades. 

Prominent businessman and Barita Investments Deputy Chairman, Paul Simpson, also commented on the contribution by the entity. 

Mr. Simpson says reports of discomfort being experienced by Jamaicans who contract Covid-19 are disturbing and the brokerage and investment firm is hopeful that its contribution will assist in easing the plight being faced  by patients and healthcare workers who are operating in generally challenging circumstances.

Mr. Simpson also lauded healthcare workers in Jamaica for what he described as their stelllar efforts in seeking to combat the pandemic. He also commended other private sector stakeholders which have contributed to the UHWI field hospital/bed expansion initiative.

The Barita Investments Deputy Chairman says he’s confident that through a joint public/private sector effort, Jamaica will overcome current health and economic challenges which face the country.