Health Minister Nickolas Steele has given the assurance that once the experts arrive from Cuba, one, along with a ventilator would be sent to the Princess Royal Hospital to address the needs of any COVID-19 patient whose health condition may warrant such medical attention.
However, up to midday on Wednesday, there was no confirmed case on the sister isles of Carriacou and Petite Martinique although Minister Steele had informed the nation that they would not be disclosing the parish of any confirmed case out of patient confidentiality. The nation’s laboratory-confirmed cases then stood at nine.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday together with Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, the Health Minister said that the sister isle is currently without a medical expert to insert the ventilator tube inside a patient.
Pointing out that there are already quarantine facilities on both Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Minister Steele added that if someone is COVID-19 positive on the sister isles there are already arrangements in place to transport that individual to the General Hospital on the mainland.
“Questions have been asked why we can’t send a ventilator to Carriacou.
Yes, we can because we have sufficient on the mainland but it requires a specialist to push the tube down and that is what is of a limited resource. That’s why we have gotten the Cubans to come in and we are most grateful.
We have requested more and once we get those nurses and doctors here in time we would be able to send a doctor in Carriacou who would be able to incubate and have a ventilator up there.
There is a willingness on the part of the Cubans but the challenge now is that there are no flight routes and we are looking to work with other countries to see how we can charter and have that medical personnel and medical supplies”, said the minister.