Ronnie Marryshow, Counsellor at the National Infectious Disease Control Unit (NIDCU) says that approximately 40 families will benefit from a donation of foodstuffs and other non perishable items which were presented to the Clinic for distribution to needy families, from banks and other financial institution that were associated with activities in observing October for Financial Information Month.
An activity coordinated by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank aimed at increasing the awareness of nationals of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union, and knowledge about financial information and how it affect their daily lives and future planning, is observing in October annually.
ECCB representative Linda Felix-Berkeley said that besides the education sessions the participating financial institution, as has been done in previous years, made a presentation of a hamper to a needy organisations, and the 2013 recipient was the National Infectious Disease Control Unit — the arm of the Ministry of Health which provides care and support to persons affected by infectious diseases.
“All the institutions who participated in the activities for 2013 came together and made this contribution which is valued at more than EC$1,000. The recommendation came from one of the members of the organising committee who is aware about the needs about those who are seek the services at the clinic,” said the ECCB representative, as she explained how the recipient was selected.
Counsellor Marryshow said that donations will be provided to persons who are receiving treatment for HIV, because it is important that food be consumed along with the medication. He further explained that some of the persons on treatment are not employed and providing them with the food hampers will provide some needy assistance.
by Linda Straker