Medical supplies donated to Bahamas

Supplies donated by Cayman Islands hospitals are offloaded in the Bahamas. - Photo: Martin Wilkinson

The Cayman Islands’ three local hospitals have donated more than 4,000 pounds of medical supplies to victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

The Cayman Airways plane which visited Nassau on Monday delivered medication, diapers, gloves, bandages and other supplies from the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority, CTMH Doctors Hospital and Health City. The effort was coordinated by Chief Medical Officer John Lee.

Emergency Medical Services manager Stephen Duval also worked with US-based ambulance supplier Global Medical Response to facilitate the donation of eight ambulances to the affected islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco.

Health Minister Dwayne Seymour said, “The coordination and collaboration required to bring together this sizable donation from Cayman’s healthcare community was a grassroots effort between both public and private sector hospitals to provide medical relief to the people of the Bahamas.”

Dr. Binoy Chattuparambil, clinical director of Health City, said doctors could be sent from Cayman in the near future.

“Our role in the relief effort will focus on providing urgent medical care, and we are hoping to send medical personnel in the near future, at present we will start with medicines and medical supplies as part of the overall relief mission from the Cayman Islands,” he said.

Dr. Yaron Rado, CTMH Doctors Hospital Board chairman, said, “As fellow healthcare professionals, and island neighbours, it is our duty and honour to help. We are all in this together.”