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Red Stripe offers nutritional support for infirmaries, care homes

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:18 AM
From left: The Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie was on-site as Kyle Giscombe, a volunteer from the ministry, Dean Taylor, and Devrol Smith unload Red Stripe’s donation of 1,500 cases of Malta.
From left: The Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie was on-site as Kyle Giscombe, a volunteer from the ministry, Dean Taylor, and Devrol Smith unload Red Stripe’s donation of 1,500 cases of Malta.

RED STRIPE, part of the Heineken Company, earlier this week donated 1,500 cases of Malta to the Ministry of Local Government to support nutrition programmes in infirmaries across the island. The product, with an approximate retail value of $6 million, will benefit residents in all 14 infirmaries and three golden age homes managed by local municipalities.

“Even as we take precautions for ourselves, we also consider the most vulnerable in our society. Elderly infirmary residents face considerable risks and it is our hope that Malta will help to boost their care programmes,” said Luis Prata, managing director of Red Stripe.

Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie said that combatting the spread of COVID-19 will require an unprecedented level of partnership between the public and private sectors.

“It is critical that private entities and businesses accelerate their efforts to support the Government in all areas for the protection of our citizens,” he said. “We appreciate the support of Red Stripe, and call on more organisations to help in every way they can.”

Red Stripe has made an additional move in the fight against COVID-19 by making available radio, print and billboard advertising spaces for use by the Ministry of Health and Wellness in its public education campaign.

“Misinformation is one of the hazards in a crisis such as we are now facing. One of the best actions we can take is to support the spread of factual information so Jamaicans can have the best advice as quickly as possible,” said Prata.