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Neonatal unit gains high praise

Neonatal unit gains high praise FORMER vice-president of the club Cheryl Stoute presenting to former senior sister in the NICU Sheila Broome. (YB)

By YVETTE BEST | Mon, November 05, 2012 - 12:06 AM

CARING FOR A sick child in the neonatal unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital can cost more than $150 000, but the island’s “very low” mortality rate justifies the investment.

Public relations officer of the Parents Neonatal Intensive Care Charity, Chrispen Walkes, made these comments in an interview with the DAILY NATION yesterday after a service at the Wesleyan Holiness Church in Massiah Street, St John.

He said the department had been doing some excellent work over the years, pointing out that there were several stories of babies who had issues at birth and weighed  a single pound, but  were walking around  quite healthy and excelling today.

Walkes said equipment such as incubators,  heart monitors and ventilators cost close  to $40 000 and that the cheapest piece was the pump that controlled  the IV drip, which costs  at least $5 000.

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