KINGSTON, Jamaica: The nutritional programmes for residents in the state-operated infirmaries and golden-age homes have received a multi-million dollar boost from Red Stripe.
Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Honourable Desmond McKenzie accepted the donation of 1500 cases of Malta on Friday (March 20, 2020).
The donation, which has an approximate retail value of J$6 million, was delivered to the Ministry’s offices as part of Red Stripe’s contribution to the fight against the Covid-19.
Minister McKenzie lauded the gesture and stressed that the containment of the virus will require partnership between the public and private sectors.
“We appreciate the support of Red Stripe and call on more organizations to help in every way they can,” he said. “It is critical that private entities and businesses accelerate their efforts to support the Government in all areas for the protection of our citizens.”
The Minister was also joined by Permanent Secretary Marsha Henry Martin and Miss Treka Lewis, Secretary of the Board of Supervision – which has direct responsibility for poor relief services inclusive of the infirmaries and golden-age homes.
The infirmaries and golden-age homes are under operated and managed by the municipal corporations.
Red Stripe’s Managing Director, Luis Prata, noted that Jamaica’s most vulnerable must be considered even as individuals take precautionary measures against the virus.
“Elderly infirmary residents face considerable risks and it is our hope that Malta will help to boost their care programme.”