Article by Gloria Williams, Journalist, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Photographed: CaMSA President Jonah Hirshberg (left) presents a Cheque to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital team including Jillian Primus, Senior Nursing Supervisor (2nd from left) and Dr. Bharati Datta (3rd from left). CaMSA members (from right) Brett Holden, Ken Deaver and Susan Kim were on hand for the donation.
CAMSA DONATES TO THE MILTON CATO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL PEDIATRICS DEPARTMENT
The Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit of the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital received a financial boost when a representative of the Canadian Medical Students Association (CaMSA) of Trinity School of Medicine, Jonah Hirshberg, presented a cheque on behalf of his colleagues.
Head of Pediatrics at the hospital, Dr. Bharati Datta, accepted the cheque on behalf of the hospital. The donation, according to Dr. Datta, comes at a good time to assist the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit project of the hospital. “It is good to say thanks,” she told the contingent of medical students on hand, “we will put this money to good use.” She remarked that the institution was happy with the donation and that they are pooling their resources from donors like Trinity to make the lives of the patients happier.
There has always been a need for such a Unit at the Miton Cato Memorial Hospital. According to Dr. Datta, “The incidence of high risk newborns at this hospital is fairly high.” Hence, arose the need for the specific area to look after these children. Dr. Datta described the most prevalent cases being “premature babies, and babies with low birth weight, low blood sugar, jaundice and several other underlying issues.” The MCMH Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit project was started in 2012 and is currently undergoing an upgrade. “It’s a continuing process,” explained Dr. Datta.
CaMSA President, Jonah Hirshberg gave details on how the funds were raised among the students of Trinity School of Medicine, during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. “We had a fund raiser selling raffle tickets as a friendly competition between nations – the Canadians and Americans,” he detailed. These tickets were used to ascertain whether their buyers could predict winners for the men’s and women’s hockey and curling events. Correct predictions were awarded prizes.
Dr. Datta reaffirmed her appreciation for the donation and encouraged the students to “stay in touch” as many were preparing to return to Canada and the U.S. to begin their clerkships as 3rd year students.