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Men Who Cook set for April 30

Lions Club of Mandeville needs support for pathology lab project fund-raiser

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, April 24, 2017    

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Establishing a pathology lab for the Southern Health Region, which serves public hospitals and clinics in Manchester, St Elizabeth and Clarendon is high on the agenda of the Lions Club of Mandeville.

In fact, at a groundbreaking ceremony for the project earlier this year, members of the service club said it is one of its “most ambitious”.

It is an expensive venture expected to cost an estimated $37 million, but breaking ground they say is a “strong intent” to make the project a reality.

The Men Who Cook event, organised by the Lions Club of Mandeville annually, is scheduled to take place at the Brooks Park Sports and Recreational Complex in Mandeville on Sunday April 30 and is a main fund-raiser towards the effort.


Public Relations Officer for Men Who Cook, Andrea Saunders, told the Jamaica Observer Central that the event is family-oriented and over 50 men will, this time around, display their cooking skills.

In addition to performances from artistes such as Gem Myers, Fab5 and local talent, she said that energetic media personality Jenny Jenny “will keep the crowd entertained” as master of ceremonies for the event.

Saunders said that all patrons have a chance to win the gate prize of a weekend for two at the Jamaica Tamboo Resort in Negril.

She reiterated the gravity of the situation that medical professionals now face in processing laboratory samples to make diagnoses, noting that at present public health facilities within the Southern Regional Health Authority depend on the use of the Cornwall Regional Hospital for that service because there is no Pathology Lab.

Among the challenges that now exist, are the often lengthy delays in getting the results of critical tests and the additional pressure on the one pathologist who works in the region because of the frequent travels to western Jamaica to get her work done.

The pathology lab is slated for construction on land adjacent to the Mandeville Regional Hospital, which was donated to the facility by the Ministry of Transport and Works.

It will be housed in retrofitted shipping containers.

The proceeds from the upcoming Men Who Cook event may also benefit other charities of the Lions Club of Mandeville.

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