Grenada has received 150 bottles of human haemoglobin (immunoglobulins) from Brazil to be used by the Ministry of Health.
The donation was handed over at a brief ceremony in which Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Pauline Peters, thanked the resident Brazilian ambassador Zenik Krawctschuk for the “act of kindness shown to Grenada by his government and people.”
Peters said she is certain that the donation would be of great benefit to Grenadians.
She felt that such a “human gesture” will only deepen the relationship existing between the two countries.
Haemoglobin is red protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood of vertebrates.
Grenadians can benefit from them.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. George Mitchell who was present at the ceremony said that when one considers the debilitating effects of GBS on humans then such a donation is priceless.
Dr. Mitchell reassured the gathering that the medicine would be put to good use.
At the peak of the Zika viral outbreak in Grenada last year, more than five people contracted GBS, a secondary disease associated with Zika.
Ambassador Krawctschuk told those present that while the medicine is intended to treat Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS), the gesture falls within the two countries technical cooperation agreement.
The envoy said that Brazil has already commenced two major global projects – the technical training for a Rational and Sustainable Use of Water project, and the Human Milk Banks Programme – and hopes that Grenada will benefit from the developments.