Eight children recently had highly specialised scoliosis surgeries performed on them at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, the Ministry of Health said on Friday, adding that scoliosis surgeries are delicate procedures geared at correcting curvature of the spine.
World Pediatric Project surgeons, in conjunction with local health experts, conducted the procedures, which were “all successful and completed without incident,” the ministry said in a press statement.
Three of the children were from St. Vincent and the Grenadines and five children from other countries in the eastern Caribbean.
“The beneficiary children and their families expressed a heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in their care and treatment, and gave a vote of confidence to the hospital and its facilities,” the ministry said.
Minister of Health Sen. Luke Browne, said:
“Healthcare is moving in the right direction and the ministry is working to ensure we continue to make progress every day. These children have been given a new lease on life and could stand up straight, walk upright and take their rightful place in society.”
The ministry said that MCMH has emerged as a centre of excellence for paediatric care in the OECS.
“This justifies the government’s recent investments in upgrading the operating theatre (OT) at the MCMH and its ancillary facilities. The operating theatre was outfitted with specialised and cutting-edge equipment valued at EC$2.7 million that made the surgeries possible,” the ministry said.
It added that the cost of upgrading the physical infrastructure of the operating theatre, recovery room and intensive care unit amounted to approximately EC$4 million.
“Therefore, the total investment in these facilities in recent times (physical upgrades and equipment) is EC$6.7 million.”