The New Today


Deplorable state of Health in Grenada

Grenada was not too long ago one of the purest, cleanest and no doubt healthiest spots on planet earth. This was so because of the abundant flow of water (mother of life) which bathes every inch of Grenadian soil.

Unfortunately, we have contaminated the earth by the spraying of weedicide and pesticide and the application of artificial manure compounded by the dumping of inorganic waste, such as motor vehicle tyres, abandoned vehicles and plastic containers.

By our actions we have poisoned every source that enhances life. For a fact, the quality of air we once enjoyed no longer exists.

The atmosphere is polluted. We regrettably are breathing in impurities, especially from vehicle exhaust. Most of what we are consuming is clogged with unhealthy components, hence the worsening state of our health. Quick action is needed. We must address this decay.

Additionally, more attention must be given to the provision of proper healthcare services, especially at our hospitals and healthcare facilities. Our people are dying from a lack of proper healthcare. (Study the mortality figures from the past few years, and the number of deaths under 60 is startling).

The shortage of doctors, nurses and well-trained staff generally, as well as the lack of medicine and adequate equipment, continue to plague our people.

The Ministry of Health needs to be staffed with additional knowledgeable professionals, who understand the value of good health for our nation’s prosperity, men and women who are truly dedicated in creating a healthy nation. Staff shortage at our hospitals and healthcare centres needs to be immediately addressed.

Grenada urgently needs: (1). Hospitals with additional trained doctors and other staff; (2). Visiting stations with more trained nurses and adequate medical equipment and supplies; (3). Adequate maternal and infant care. A better equipped and staffed Maternity ward at the General Hospital.

Reports of expectant mothers sitting on chairs awaiting an available bed are growing. Placement of beds in every open space can pose serious risks to mothers and newborns. (In short, the allocation of space at the General Hospital for the Maternity ward is unbelievably insufficient).

In order to improve the quality of life here in Grenada there is a need for the establishment of a policy of “clean air, clean water, and clean earth – all requirements for a healthy life’’. While individual action must be encouraged, those in authority must lead the way in addressing and reversing the dangerous trends.

Dennis Canning