Holding true to its commitment that 2019 would see an enhanced approach to continued growth and development within the various sectors, the Environmental Health Department of Region Four has received a timely boost of supplies.
The Environmental department led by its Regional Health Services Head, Dr. Quincy Jones, through the Regional Executive Officer (REO), Ms. Pauline Lucas, made a major donation of supplies and materials in an effort to further boost the department’s work.
Regional Health Officer (RHO), Dr. Quincy Jones, disclosed that over $1M in environmental equipment and supplies was donated to advance the services being provided by the Region’s Environmental Officers.
It was further disclosed that with an additional two NDCs, Region Four has increased its work programme, while taking a more aggressive approach to addressing environmental issues facing the region.
“Environmental Health is very important and more so, we in Region Four recognise its importance and value as we seek to advance the delivery of services being offered. As such, we recognise the need for a number of equipment and supplies and with this in mind we sought to acquire them for the department,” Dr. Jones said.
The Regional Health Officer noted, “There are some persons of the view that Environmental Health is not equally important as general health but we have and continue to disagree with that view as Environmental Health is equally important taking into account its roles and responsibilities, thus we will continue to play a meaningful role in its development.”
Dr. Jones stressed that his department will continue to boost the capacity of both staff and departments within the Regional Health Services (RHS) with the view of achieving its already set goals for 2019 and beyond.
He noted further that capacity building is critically important. Enhancing the region’s ability to deliver health generally will result in a more informed society when it comes to their health issues and concerns being effectively addressed, he added.
“We at Region Four Health Department are seeking to further boost the delivery of services that we deliver while at the same time help to advance health generally for residents and visitors to Region Four.
“Our intention is to continue evolving Region Four into a region that many others can and would seek to emulate,” a proud Dr. Jones said.
Regional Environmental Officer, Trevon Lymerick, was elated. She expressed thanks and gratitude to both RHO and the REO. She said that the items donated will certainly boost the work being done by her officers, thus ensuring that the quality service can be maintained. She added that she, like her officers, is grateful for the significant interest being shown to her department by Dr. Jones his team.
“We at the Regional Environmental Department are very happy today because this donation is important and vital to the maintenance of a high service by my team. Meanwhile, Regional Executive Officer (REO) Pauline Lucas expressed excitement with being able to provide what she dubbed as ‘essential things’ to boost the department.
She pointed out that in this year’s budget there are a number of projects and programmes that have been approved to further develop the region adding that her administration will play a major role in environmental health.
“I know persons may be asking what are our plans for environmental health are, if any, but let me assure you that this is just the start. There are its more in store for the department. Environmental Health is critically important and through the RDC Administration both staff and the public will collectively benefit,” she assured.
REO Lucas, moreover, urged the staff to value the things being given to them. “It costs money which didn’t come by easily.”
She appealed to everyone to recognise that they have a responsibility and duty, which is to care and maintain the things that have been given to them. “I want everyone to play responsible roles in valuing what have been given and to help us to care them so that we do not have to keep buying but that we get more things so as to further make your jobs easier,” she declared.
Among some of the items donated were Infrared thermometer, meat inspection knives, helmets, sample coolers, ear muffs, safety vests, shoe cover, hair nets UV lights.
The REO also declared that her administration in collaboration with the RHO will seek to increase training opportunities, while at the same time increasing the staff numbers as they seek to more efficiently manage the department.
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