2/10/2014 - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines By Gloria Williams
Trinity School of Medicine has continued its on-going outreach programme to victims of the flooding disaster, heralded by the December 24th, 2013, weather trough system. On Friday, 8th February, a team of officials from the school paid visits to two Emergency Shelters on the Leeward side of the island to distribute items of clothing and toiletries. Medical supplies were also donated to the Chateaubelair Hospital.
The team comprised Mr. Steve Wilson, President and Founder of the School, and his wife Mrs. Sally Ann Wilson; Dr. Conrad Nedd, Professor at the School; and Mrs. Kaushalya Need, Director of the Office of the Deanery.
With its final destination being the Chateaubelair Hospital, the team made its first stop at the Spring Village Emergency Centre, housed at the Community Centre there. The residents of the Centre were on hand to receive clothing and footwear, and all expressed their delight at receiving the donations. Speaking on behalf of the group, Ms. Rita Charles entreated the team with: “I feel real good for these clothes. We thank you all very much. I get some for myself and my little grandson here. Is seven of us live at the Centre. Our houses wash away, and we now just trying to see how we could get things back in order.”The next stop took the team to the house of the young lady who was found to have a very serious skin disease. She was discovered by doctors from the Trinity School of Medicine while on a Village Doctor exercise in conjunction with the SVG Rotary Club. The doctors from Trinity provided her with intervention, and the team was eager to monitor her progress. She was presented with supplies of food, clothing and medicines.
The residents of the Emergency Centre at the Rose Bank Community Centre were not left out. According to Shelter Manager, Ms. Urel La Borde, the residents had already been given clothing but there were some who did not receive adequate pieces. She was rather happy to see the team and thanked them on behalf of the recipients. “We had donations of some children clothes, but not a lot. We are grateful for these,” she said, “on behalf of the shelter members, I say thanks.” LaBorde said that she was not quite sure when the residents will be able to return, as the majority of them no longer had homes. She was satisfied that the added toiletries would be an important contribution to their personal hygiene. “There are persons here without homes,” she explained, “they are not livable!”
At the Chateaubelair Hospital, Dr. Conrad Nedd provided some needed supplies of urinary catheters, canules, antibiotics, antiseptics creams and toilet tissue, to Registered Nurse, Nikeitha Nash, and Ward Assistant Marilyn Jordan. That donation formed part of an on-going trust to the Chateaubelair Hospital from Trinity School of Medicine. Clothing donated amounted to an approximate $5,000. US dollars.
Trinity School of Medicine is the first four-year medical school to be established here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It was set up to provide greater opportunity for aspiring physicians. In April of 2008, Trinity School of Medicine was granted full accreditation by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Concurrently, the Government granted a charter with exclusive rights to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital for its medical school and a preparatory program, and with the right to confer the degree of Doctor of Medicine after the successful completion of the prescribed accredited curriculum. In September of 2008 the school welcomed its inaugural class. In 2012 the first graduates received their Doctor of Medicine degree and have since gone into Residency programmes in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the United States and Canada. A number of Vincentian nationals currently pursue studies at Trinity. It will produce its third graduating class in June of 2014.