As a means of strengthening the country’s Kidney Transplant programme Health Minister Molwyn Joseph said that a plan are being formulated to extend services to other OECS countries.
“The prime minister has received congratulatory messages from his colleagues in the OECS and has been given encouragement to continue to strengthen the programme that would lead ultimately to the service being extended to the other OECS countries,” Joseph said.
“My chief medical officer also has been contacted and similar sentiments have been expressed. We are very pleased that the sub-region has demonstrated support for Antigua & Barbuda on this initiative.”
He said that apart of the plan, renovations will be made to the abandoned Edward Ward at the old Holberton Hospital.
“the plan is to develop the Edwards Ward as a renal unit with the services provided by the Mount St John’s Medical Center. The operation will be an expanded dialysis unit because at Mount St John’s we have about 12 such machines and when we transition to the Holberton Hospital site at Edward Ward, we would be able to expand that and provide even better service to those who need dialysis services in Antigua & Barbuda.” said Minister Joseph
On January 16 the country successfully performed its first kidney Transplant at the Mount St John’s Medical center.