As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS), the management of Farmington Hotel on Friday, December 18, provided several pieces of high-speed ceiling fans valued at US$4,200 to the Karwahs’ Memorial Healthcare Center and Unification City Health Center in Margibi County.
The materials, which were presented to the administrators of the two institutions, are intended to help staff and patients receive better and quality services from them.
Samuel D. Jimlack, human resource manager of Farmington hotel, said that the gesture is part of the institution's corporate social responsibility.
Jimlack said that though the donation might have appealed little, they believed it is much, especially in a time where businesses around the world have been hit by COVID-19.
He said the donation is the institution’s initial contribution to these health facilities, revealing that there are more benefits to come.
Jimlack, who cautioned the clinics to use the ceiling fans for its intended purpose, disclosed that the decision to intervene came after he passed at one of the clinics and saw a pregnant lady sitting and fanning herself with a piece of paper.
Jimlack added, “After I saw the pregnant lady using the piece of paper to fan herself, I went and informed the management for us to help in that direction.”
“We have outlined many things including hospital beds, drugs, and other things that we intend to do. “We are not going to stop here. There are a lot of things we have in the book but this initial one.
“Hopefully next week, the technician will come and do the installation of these fans because we want those that will come here to benefit from them.”
Etta Robert Boakai, OIC of the Karwahs’ Memorial Healthcare Center, said that the fans will benefit the community, especially the patients and staff.
Madam Boakai said that the clinic is faced with a whole lot of challenges, stating that prime among them is the inflow of patients with seven to 10 patients the maximum per day.
“This is a private facility that depends on its own that is not getting support from anywhere. The little fund that we generate that is why we used to get our staff paid, is the fund we used to purchase drugs, the fund we used to maintain our building.”
“Nowadays, because of the situation in this country, we don’t have people coming to the facility as we think because if someone comes to the clinic and we charge L$3000 or $4000, they will not want to come back again.”
Madam Boakai, however, called on the government to provide subsidies to private healthcare centers.
“The private facilities have been marginalized because people are saying that they are profit entities so they don’t prioritize them. I think we all want the same goal to cure our patients, so whenever the government is distributing, they should remember the private clinics,” Madam appealed.
The OIC of the Unification City Health Center, Woiyea Dorbor said they have been praying for fans for a long time because of the tightness of the building which makes it hot.
Dorbor, however, thanked the Farmington hotel for providing fans to the clinic which will help get the people better ventilation and a conducive atmosphere.