Thursday 15th February, 2018 – Mount St. John’s Medical Centre now has a Hyperbaric Chamber, a donation made by Economic Envoy Calvin Ayre and his foundation.
The equipment was handed over to the government during a ceremony on Tuesday at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre.
Calvin Ayre addressing the small gathering said the project is humanitarian, especially with respect to local fishers. The loss of just one person he noted can be devastating and unnecessary and they hope that having the new Hyperbaric Chamber will make decompression sickness a thing of the past.
Minister of Health the Hon. Molwyn Joseph has commended Mr. Ayre and his foundation for their philanthropic gesture and says the equipment, valued at more than US $ 200,000 will go a long way in assisting persons whose lives depend on the service it provides. In the past, the government relied on Guadeloupe to provide such assistance.
Minister Joseph used the opportunity to appeal to Corporate Antigua and Barbuda to play its part in assisting the government.
The acquisition of the chamber came about after the decompression sickness (Benz) and subsequent death of a local fisherman and diver, Andy Samuel in 2017.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. Other conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in your blood vessels, and wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.