HSA CEO Lizzette Yearwood says there’s nothing new or unusual about fund raising efforts to upgrade the 11-year-old mammogram machine at the Cayman Islands hospital.
She says it’s part of an existing partnership with Cancer Society. The current machine, she said, was purchased through that partnership.
Fundraising efforts were scrutinised by independent MLA Ezzard Miller last week who blasted Government for not purchasing the half a million dollar machine.
However, Ms. Yearwood says the fund raising efforts are part of an ongoing programme and funds from HSA’s cancer care fund will also be used for the purchase.
“There is a number of ongoing initiatives in order to improve cancer care here in the Cayman Islands this is just one of them. And this is a fund that is used to upgrade the current mammogram machine and we are in the process of doing that,” Ms Yearwood says.
She says a percentage of cost of each mammogram at the hospital is deposited into the fund to help purchase the new machine. There’s no timeline for the purchase.