MINISTRY OF HEALTH: ANOTHER MAJOR INVESTMENT AT HOSPITAL (ICU)
ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA, SEPTEMBER 20, 2015, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE (GIS): - The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the General Hospital has received an upgrade of new equipment. The Ministry of Health has spent over USD 82,000.00 on new equipment and accessories in response to the onset of the GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME (GBS), which is now one of the most feared disorders in Grenada, to date. Ventilators and monitors along with accessories were recently bought and installed at the (ICU) to address the surge of (GBS) recorded on the island. According to official health-data Grenada has recorded nine cases, of which two people succumbed to (GBS) related side effects.
Permanent Secretary with responsibility for Hospital Services Aaron Francois told the (GIS) that the decision to undertake the investment is justified.
“The ICU is one of the most critical units apart from the emergency department, it’s like where you bring back the dead to life and given the incidences we thought it was very important because human life is the most important thing for us”, Francois explained.
The truth is a number of specialized and non-specialized medical procedures; medicines and services are required to successfully treat Guillain Barre. The cost of care per patient can easily surpass EC $180,000.00 in a matter of weeks.
From the onset of Guillain Barre almost two months ago, the MOH and by extension Government felt it was necessary to tap into their network of public health organizations to make available and provide Immunoglobulin’s free of charge to most vulnerable patients although the medicine comes with a price tag of USD23,000.00 per vile.
Guillain Barre is paralyzing disorder, of the nervous system as a result of a viral or bacterial infection. The treatment utilized in Grenada is Immunoglobulin, which is a Y-shaped protein produced mainly by plasma cells that is used by the immune system to identify and neutralize pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) is a proven effective treatment for GBS which is administered to patients in the form of a drip.
Meanwhile the MOH continues to warn the public about the associated risks of mosquito-borne illnesses, and the need for individuals to heed the call for prevention.