The Princess Alice Hospital is the recipient of a portable ultra sound machine and several blood pressure machines from the Toronto-based Grenada Hospitals Assistance Fund (GHAF), formerly known as the Organisation for Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique Hospital Building Fund.
The donation, valued at over $16,000.00 (Canadian dollars), was handed over to Health Minister, Nicholas Steele and Health Service Administrator, Alice Felix during a brief ceremony held at Mirabeau in St. Andrew on Tuesday.
In making the donation, Edray Baptiste, who headed a 5-member GHAF delegation to Grenada for the occasion, noted that “it is not an easy task to raise funds” for charity, also pointing to the unwillingness of Grenadians in the Toronto Diaspora to assist in this regard out of fear that the monies would not be used for its intended purposes.
“85 per cent of the monies raised did not come from Grenadians,” he recalled, adding that despite this fact, GHAF was able to raise enough funds to also purchase a stationery standing x-ray unit for the Princess Royal Hospital on the sister isle of Carriacou valued at $13,000 (Canadian dollars).
“This unit is on its way to Grenada and should be here by (this) Friday,” he said.
In his remarks, Minister Steele commended the “patriotism, generosity and the hard work of the organisation,” which has been assisting in improving the delivery of health care in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique since 1993, through fundraising and donations.
Speaking with THE NEW TODAY following the GHAF handover, Hospital Service Administrator Felix, shared some of the other needs of the Princess Alice Hospital.
“We usually send our laundry to (the General Hospital) St. George’s, but we would like to have our own washing machine at Princess Alice so that we could have our laundry always ready for use”, he said.
“We are also thinking of autoclave machines (a pressure chamber used to sterilize equipment and supplies) – we have 2, but they break down ever so often…we might also have need for a fetal monitor to monitor the fetal heart”, he added.
Health Minister Steele also told THE NEW TODAY it is expected that the x-ray unit that was ordered for the newly built x-ray facility on the hospital compound would be installed before year-end.
“All items have been ordered…the room is ready, we have made all of the necessary accommodations for the x-ray machine… I am hoping that we would have everything up and running before Christmas,” said Minister Steele.