Six blood pressure machines have been handed over to the Ministry of Heath for distribution within the health centre and medical stations throughout St David.
The machines were donated by the Virginia-based Mathias Brothers Foundation, an organisation comprised of Grenadians residing in the U.S State.
The foundation is involved in raising funds purchase much needed equipment for the health sector.
The machines were handed over at a ceremony that took place Monday at the Ministry of Health through the Grenada Diabetes Association.
President of the Association, Roslyn Alexis explained the importance of having those machines on the island.
“We know that High Blood Pressure or hypertension is a silent killer and so if we have those machines which (we) believe should be very reliable, we’ll be able to access our patients or clients and ensure that we can assist in some way (in) preventing and controlling High Blood Pressure in Grenada”, she said.
“…We also got blood sugar machines and some strips and this is supposed to be for our members and our potential members and others we would assist as time progress. We are really happy to have received those machines as well – blood sugar machines – and we have two of those same machines at the centre that we would be able to do screening at our diabetes centre,” she added.
Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Health was Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. George Mitchell who said the Ministry always welcomes donations such as the blood pressure machines.
“This comes as an extremely timely gift to the people of St David’s. I’m particularly grateful that the first tranche of the support is going to St David’s and by extension the people of Grenada. This is a project that Dr Mathias and his brother who I also met has embarked on for a while now and we are grateful and happy that it is actually coming through and I would wish that this broadcast be sent to Virginia”, he told the small gathering.
“…The equipment by itself cannot do the job, we need the people, we need the manpower, we need the resources, we need of course persons to accede to the call of prevention in the first place,” he said.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Javan Williams asked that the positives in the health sector be highlighted in the media as there is too much emphasis paid to the negatives.
“I am asking for the country’s support to concentrate on the positive aspect because when we have people like the Mathias Foundation supporting us and we are only sending out the negatives, I think (in) the long run, we are destroying our health care and we are doing a lot with health care in Grenada,” he said.
The PS made a plea for the blood pressure machines to be placed in the respective stations and centres by the end of the week.
In recent weeks, the island’s healthcare system has been the focus of public scrutiny among the island’s two major political parties – the ruling New National Party (NNP) of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and the main opposition, National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Congress has been calling on Health Minister, Nicholas Steele to address a number of burning issues affecting Junior Doctors and nurses working at the island’s main hospitals.