Islamic Benefit Group helps Barbadian Medical Facility – No strings attached
The Medinah Foundation of Barbados is continuing with its efforts to provide funding to the poor and needy and to special projects in Barbados and across the region in cases of emergency. The QEH) is the latest beneficiary of the foundation’s contribution to the health care system as the organisation has donated a Forced Air Warmer to the Obstetric Theatre. (
The Medinah Foundation is a locally based charitable organization operated by the Muslim community of Barbados, and has been established for 10 years. According to a Director and Trustee of the Medinah Foundation, Mohamed Lakhi, “…previously we donated a wheelchair and a water cooler to the Radiotherapy Department, this time we are giving a warming unit to the Obstetric Theatre. We use these opportunities to give back to the health care system because we make use of the facilities as well.”
Dr Philip Gaskin, Consultant in the Department of Anesthesiology at the reveals that the warmer cost about BDS $5,000.00 and will now add to the equipment already used to ensure quality patient care. The doctor says he hopes this will be a step in a long series of interaction between the private sector and the QEH as the government really needs the help.
Dr Gaskin notes patients become cold during operations and so the warmer is used to keep the patient comfortable. Senior Staff Nurse, Harriet Godding, echoed Dr Gaskin’s comments in saying that the warmer is quite necessary.
“The staff of the Obstetric Theatre is very grateful as we need to maintain the temperature of the patient during surgery so that they remain stable,” she says.
Other beneficiaries of the funding from the Medinah Foundation include the Challenor School, Salvation Army, Cancer Society, Halls Road fire victims, International Red Cross Society, The National United Society of the Blind, Council of Disabled, Radiotherapy department, Asia Tsunami Relief and Hurricane Ivan Relief in Jamaica and Grenada.