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'Fluid for the Poor'

Monday, June 16, 2014    

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CHARITY organisation Food For the Poor yesterday announced that it will be donating a container-load of Intravenous Fluids to the Ministry of Health which is experiencing a shortage of the life-saving fluid.

The shipment — approximately 16,000 units — is expected to include frequently used fluids such as Normal Saline, Lactated Ringers and Dextrose.

Food For the Poor Jamaica Chairman Andrew Mahfood said he had appealed to the Food For the Poor head office in Florida after hearing of the situation.

"Our President Robin Mahfood immediately went into action and identified a source in Europe," he said. "The fluid should arrive in Jamaica in about three weeks."

In response to a newspaper report last week about the shortage, the ministry said the situation was worldwide and has been affecting the National Health Fund for the past three months.

"The NHF has been receiving reduced but steady supplies from our usual overseas sources and as such we have had to utilise our emergency stock to continue supply to the public health facilities," it said.

The ministry said, however, that alternative sources of IV fluids were identified and that a shipment was due in the island soon.

IV fluids are used in a range of medical and surgical applications including cases of dehydration, asthmatic conditions, and invasive procedures.

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