Successful major brain surgery conducted at the General Hospital

The surgery which was performed took over six (6) hours was successful and it has gone down in the history of our health service as a great achievement, in the Government’s quest to improve health care on the island

Over four (4) months ago Dr. Nilo Alvarez Toledo and his team of Doctors and Nurses at the General Hospital, St George’s, performed a life-saving complex surgery on the brain of Seventeen-year-old Richard Gibbs of St Andrew for a vascular malformation, giving the youngster a promising future.

The surgery which was performed took over six (6) hours was successful and it has gone down in the history of our health service as a great achievement, in the Government’s quest to improve health care on the island.

L-R Mother of Rachard, Camasha Gibbs. Patient, Richard Gibbs and Dr. Nilo Alvarez Toledo

In a Facebook post from Dr. Toledo, who was posing in a picture with Richard and his mother Camasha Gibbs, was high in praise for the team of physicians and nurses that worked together to save the life of this “special young man.” Included in the team of doctors were a Neurosurgeon, a Maxillofacial Surgeon and Anesthesiologist. Also recognized and came in for commendation is the team at the intensive Care Unit; Nurses from the Operating Theatre and Male Surgical Ward and the Physical Therapy Department.

Doctor Toledo who is now a household name in the State of Grenada Carriacou and Petite Martinique was high in praise for the Ministry of Health and Social Security. “Special thank you to the Ministry of Health and Social Security for the constant support in working towards improving the healthcare of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Dr. Toledo said in his Facebook post.

The Minister of Health, Honourable Nickolas Steele, who has demonstrated he is capable for the job, was high in praise for the team of outstanding professionals at the General Hospital. He believes the health sector is in great hands. According to him, patient care is at a very high standard and is poised to get better with the introduction of a new batch of nurses, as the financing for their placement was approved in the supplemental Budget, passed recently in the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament. In his ministerial presentation at the sitting of the Lower House, Minister Steele announced that the Ministry of Health has received confirmation from the Maria Holder Memorial Trust of the donation of a one hundred and twenty-eight (128) slice Computed Tomography Scanner – CT Scanner. This donation will make Grenada the owner of the most advance CT Scanner in the OECS.

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It is reported that the scanner offers faster, safer and a more accurate diagnosis. The Scanner can be adopted to provide three-dimensional images for virtually any patient, young and old, of any size, including those with cardiac or respiratory conditions that make it difficult to get high quality images with other scanners. This new 128-Slice scanner adds to the long list of sophisticated machines which the hospital owns, such as a state-of-the-art Telemedicine machine which was donated by CHORES.

The Ministry of health is also in receipt of a Mobile Cancer Screening Unit, which will be utilized throughout the country to provide this very critical service to the people of Grenada. It is often the complaint that cancer patients have to spend exorbitant sums to obtain this service elsewhere.

The Ministry of Health has listened to the cries of the people, and, as it is customary, responded in kind measure that will in the long run alleviate any suffering in this regard.

The New National Party is very excited about these new positive developments within the general hospital. The prospect of the country becoming a major player in the medical tourism landscape is very promising. With the eminent opening of the new hospital wing it is very encouraging that healthcare in Grenada has made a huge leap.

We take this opportunity to congratulate the Minister of Health and his team and all stakeholders in the health sector for their commitment and tenacity ensuring the improvement of the sector. We also take this opportunity to encourage our citizens to support and respect the healthcare providers as they continue to work for the betterment of the sector and the health and well-being of the Nation.

NNP FOCUS, issued by the New National Party on August 23rd, 2019

Please note that the above is the view of the writer and not necessarily the view of


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