ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, July 5, 2016 –GIS: Health and Social Security Minister Nickolas Steele says there is need for a collective effort to mitigate against the effects of Zika, with nine confirmed and 30 suspected cases of the disease.
During the weekly post cabinet briefing, Minister Steele said two people are currently suffering from Guillain Barre Syndrome, a serious side effect of Zika, which causes temporary paralysis.
Treatment for Guillain Barre Syndrome is Immunoglobin, and the cost for treatment is 23,000 dollars per person.
Minister Steele says with the assistance of PAHO, they were able to secure one dose from the eight available doses in Panama, that will be administered to the first patient, and they now must secure a second.
The Minister says expectant mothers will receive counselling as they put systems in place to deal with Microcephaly, another side effect of Zika.