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$600,000 donation from Project C.U.R.E. to KHMH Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 May 2009 14:49

Kim Simplis-Barrow and Dr. Gary LonsgworthFirst Lady of Belize Kim Simplis-Barrow handed over 600 thousand dollars worth of medical equipment to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s management on Tuesday May 26, 2009.


Simplis-Barrow says that the donation came after she approached Project C.U.R.E. with a list of needs from the KHMH. Being a member of the International First Ladies’ Club, last year she attended a luncheon during which she approached Project C.U.R.E. which is the world’s largest donor of medical equipment. The total donation adds up to a handsome two million dollar figure with the first donation of a 40 foot container coming to the KHMH.


CEO at the KHMH Dr. Gary Longsworth explains that the bulk of the donation which includes a laparoscopic equipment and supplies which includes camera/video for all scopes. Also included in the donation are central percutaneous lines, casting supplies, stockinettes, web rolls, plaster, fiberglass, cast shoes, neurosurgery packs and supplies, and surgical power drills just to name a few. Dr. Longsworth says that the donation is a "veritable gold mine" which will be properly inventoried and taken care of. While the KHMH will receive the bulk of the equipment, some of it will be going to the Central, Western and Southern Regional hospitals. There are at least two other shipments which are expected to arrive in the country later this year.


In speaking with the Guardian, Dr. Longsworth explains that the equipment forms part of a wish list prepared by the KHMH and the donation addresses quite a number of the items requested. He expressed his gratitude to the first lady Kim Simplis-Barrow and to Project C.U.R.E. for the donation. He says that there are other organizations like the Rotary Club’s Sunrise and the International Children’s Hospital who have offered to assist the healthcare system in Belize and serious considerations are being made on the offers.


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