Barbados records more than 40 strokes and nearly 12 heart attacks per day.
Chief Executive Officer of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Dr Dexter James gave the update on the growing prevelance of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), as he received a $25,000 cheque from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados (ICAB) to assist with the purchase of vital signs monitors, cardiac monitors and ventilators.
Given the situation with NCDs, the QEH head said there was high demand for critical care equipment. And he disclosed that 20 nurses were currently being trained to expand the hospital’s bedside nursing care management in keeping with its 25 per cent monitored beds system.
Dr James thanked ICAB for its contribution and commended the association for being the first professional organization to donate funds to the QEH. He said it showed “ICAB’s understanding of the hospital’s corporate direction”.
James also gave the assurance that the funds would not be “co-mingled” with the hospital’s recurrent expenses.
“We have a separate account where these funds are placed. We have established a sinking fund where monies are transferred every month and used to meet urgent capital requirements at the hospital,” he added.
In brief remarks, ICAB’s President Lisa Padmore said the organization was pleased to donate the funds to the QEH as part of its corporate social responsibility.
She explained that the funds were raised from a charity run, which was the final activity in ICAB’s 40th anniversary celebrations.