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Grenada providing GBS medicine to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Aug 16, CMC – The Grenada government Tuesday said it has been assisting its Caribbean Community (CARICOM) neighbour, St. Vincent and the Grenadines with medication to deal with the Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) that is linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Health Minister Nicholas Steele said that the shortage of medication was due to the fact that this is now an emerging disease and so the short supply on the market will see some countries out of stock.

Zika“We returned our medication from PAHO Barbados and when one of our patient died, we were instructed to provide medication to St Vincent and then a new supply will be provided to us. There is no doubt that this has caught all of us in the region by surprise but we are all working on getting stock but in the meantime we are helping out each other,” he said.

Guillain-Barre syndrome often begins with tingling and weakness starting in the feet and legs and spreading to the upper body and arms. In about 10 per cent of people with the disorder, symptoms begin in the arms or face.

As Guillain-Barre syndrome progresses, muscle weakness can evolve into paralysis.

Steele, speaking to reporters after the weekly Cabinet meeting here, said that three GBS patients are hospitalised at the Intensive Care Unit of the General Hospital while one other person has died.

Health authorities here say as part of a wider strategy to reduce the breeding of Aedes ageypti mosquitoes, the Ministry of Health and the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) will this weekend spearhead a massive clean-up campaign throughout the island.

Acting NaDMA coordinator, Terrence Walters said that the clean-up will have a positive impact because not only will it eliminate breeding sites for the mosquitoes which transmits the dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses but it will also help with the free flow of water in drains and other areas.

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