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Good Shepherd Foundation Medical Centre, the healthcare arm of the Diocese of Montego Bay, received six nebulisers to aid their mission in caring for children and their parents in underserved communities across the island.

The nebulisers were donated by Gul Mansukhani, through his V Mansukhani Foundation, in a presentation ceremony on Monday, January 23, according to a Jamaica Gleaner article.

It reported that Mother Joy Surtida of the Compassionate Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, which has responsibility for the medical centre, said the church-based facility is now in a better position to help those with respiratory complications, having received the new set of nebulisers.

Lachu Ramchandani, a Director of the Good Shepherd Foundation, said he was moved by the large number of children who were presenting with respiratory illnesses in the latter part of last year and which continued into the new year and went about sourcing the equipment.

“I made the request of the foundation for these nebulisers, of which we gave 20 to Cornwall Regional Hospital recently. And today, we are donating six to the Good Shepherd Foundation. I have another six to be presented to a few schools at a later date,” said Ramchandani.

He said he enquired about the equipment because the Diocese, through its outreach arm, wanted to ensure that it played its part in helping to save lives.

Rev Baldwin Powell, a board member for Good Shepherd Foundation, said the medical centre, which includes the Hope Teaching Clinic, serves a wide variety of persons throughout the communities across St James and western Jamaica.