Founder and CEO of BIMS, School of Medicine & Health Professions, Dr Guna S. Muppuri, announced a tuition fee waiver of J$1Million a year x 4 years = J$4Million per student (US$25.8K) studying medicine at BIMS over a period of 4years.
These students enrolled must be children of the Jamaica Constabulary (Police) Force and is not limited to St. James and they have to maintain the prescribed GPAs. It is Island wide and is applicable to every employee of the JCS.
Dr Guna Muppuri was speaking at a St James Police Recognition and Awards Ceremony at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James last Saturday.“To the families of police officers, you are indeed a real big deal, accepting of the sacrifices your loved ones make while they protect this country,” the medical doctor, who has lived in Jamaica since 1992, said as he embraced the evening’s theme, ‘You Are a Big Deal.’
“We owe you and your beloved family members our gratitude, respect, and support. It’s against this background why we are making this pledge … to invest in education,” he told the men and women of steel in the convention ballroom.
“Your mom, dad, brother, and sister go to work every day, unsure of their safe return home,” he added.
According to him, the members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force put their lives on the line to protect the country and their families are owed and should be acknowledged.
Underscoring the pressures that the police come under regularly, Muppuri appealed to loved ones to be understanding of the mood swings that their family members experience as they navigate what can be a stressful profession.
He pledged that his organisation would also continue to support law enforcement officers as it relates to health and wellness and as he did throughout the heights of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was quick to point out that healthy officers are critical to building healthy and safe communities, adding that good mental and psychological health is just as essential as good physical health. “For law enforcement officers to be effective in keeping our country and our communities safe from crime and violence, we must ensure their health are taken care of. Healthy officers are critical to building healthy and safe communities,” said Muppuri.
The Bioprist Group is centred around pharmaceuticals and healthcare consumer products and development of special economic zones.
Two years ago, the company entered into a memorandum of understanding with The University of the West Indies to commit to the training of healthcare practitioners and the development of medical tourism-related activities.