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The original General hospital was located directly below Fort George overlooking the city of St. George’s. It was built by the British and was used as a Military Hospital. Shortly after it was built, Grenada was captured by the French who occupied the island for four years before it was recaptured by the English. The hospital remained a military hospital under both French and British until 1864, when it was converted to civilian use.

In 1881, with renovations, the hospital was able to accommodate 400 admissions per year. Improvements and expansions continued from 1912-1925. The following facilities were added; Private Block, Pediatric Ward, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Nurses’ Hostel, Mortuary and even electricity was installed. At that time, the bed capacity increased from 140 to 170. During the ensuing years, the Hospital continued to accumulate a series of annexes and buildings. Between 1931and1989, x-ray equipment was installed, Laboratory and Ophthalmology buildings were added and an Acute Psychiatric Department, with adjoining Day Hospital of 26 beds was opened. Operating Theater increased from one to two rooms. Emergency Room, Out-Patients’ Department, and a modern Blood Banking and Hematology Department with mobile Blood Bank were added.

The new Grenada General Hospital is located about 500 yards from the site of the old hospital; it overlooks the harbor and Grand Anse beach. The movement of patients from the old hospital to the new took place on December 2002. The new hospital was commissioned on 31st January 2003. It is equipped with biomedical equipment and other medical furnishings, which has revolutionized and improved the overall health service being available to the nation. Some of the main features of the new hospital are: Piped Medical Gases, Audio-Intercom, and Air Conditioning in selected areas, Fire Alarm Systems, Elevators, Standby Generators and five Operating Theaters.

The second phase of the hospital project has seen the construction of a new Accident and Emergency Department Imaging Dept, Administrative offices, Out-patients’ Services, Chapel, Laboratory and Staff facilities. There is a plan for the refurbishing of the Duncan’s ward (which will be also converted to an isolation unit) and the Ophthalmic Department.

Healthcare Systems in Grenada are impacted by Forces

Grenada and the Caribbean region health systems are all impacted by economic, political, social and demographic forces. Health system and health problems result after a multifaceted interplay of a quantity of force. For example, an individual’s health-related behaviors (Alcohol, diet, exercise, and smoking), physical environments, and healthcare. These factors contribute significantly to how long and how well one lives. Nevertheless, none of these issues is as significant to a population well being as are social, political, economical and demographic environments in which one lives, works, plays and learn.

Research has shown that the main political and social problems that influence the health situation in Grenada or the delivery of health services is the epidemiological change from communicable to non-communicable diseases, These diseases are mainly related to lifestyles (Health Systems and Services Profile Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique, 2001).

The Ministry of Health and Social Security receives much financial assistance from various organizations such as PAHO/WHO, UNICEF, CDB programs. Countries like the people Republic of Taiwan and China, the Government of Cuba, France, the Caribbean Development Bank and many more. Those organizations and countries have donated assistance to the different health system with rebuilding, ambulance services, and maintenance of various community health facilities.

Grenada provides free healthcare for all its citizens. The Ministry of Health steers, heads and finance all the health facilities that’s divided into the community health services and environmental health department (public health). With the community health services, there are about six district health centers and another thirty or so medical stations throughout the country within the reach of every household in a three-mile radius.

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  1. Antoine on 09/01/2021 at 11:05 pm

    Grenada also has four private hospitals. However the quality of care in public hospitals are of grave concern by many of us who resides in the diaspora. We expect more especially customer service, sympathy and empathy. No one is held responsible and accountable. As a result, patients with emergencies are often transported to other Caribbean islands or the United States.

  2. Christine on 09/02/2021 at 9:08 am

    Good article we have our problems , how ever I believe if we truly wants to see a difference we can work together.i don’t believe people complain just to be spiteful, but because they are concerned.

  3. Randolph on 09/02/2021 at 9:43 am

    I understand it’s a poor Third world country but please tell Keith and his cohorts that. The millions they’re making my selling out our country they can invest that into the hospitals and the citizens. My question to them is, how much money do you need? Y’all are going to die and leave it right here anyway.
    Keith at least is already on his way out. I can’t even look at him when he’s on television.

  4. Joushua on 09/02/2021 at 10:37 am

    This is very true and things need to change!!

  5. Finbar on 09/02/2021 at 10:53 am

    I heard the hospital CEO requesting assistance for the hospitals. Well, what are they doing with the money from CBI? What’s about all the loans and grants? It’s ashamed to be sitting there pleading for donations.

  6. Tatia on 09/02/2021 at 5:01 pm

    Whilst there still is a lot more progress to be made, I do think that we should try and view the positives, and with our optimism continue to pursue change. I do think that it is great that Grenada currently provides free healthcare for its citizens, and that innovations and renovations are creating a better hospital for the community. With proper education (on the subject matter of health) and support, the citizens of Grenada will get the proper healthcare they deserve and will be able to live long AND healthy lives.

  7. Cheryl on 09/02/2021 at 8:42 pm

    When I was a young girl in Grenada, there was one hospital. Despite all the political concerns, it’s good to see progression.

  8. I Am Grenada on 09/03/2021 at 12:42 pm

    The Grenada health system continues to face a major challenge as Covid-19 is seemingly hitting hard at workers at the St. George’s General Hospital.

    A senior nurse at the facility sent out the following message a few minutes ago to THE NEW TODAY: “Many are reporting to work with signs and symptoms.”

    The message was sent via WhatsApp to Health Minister Nickolas Steele who read it but did not respond.

    This development comes against the backdrop of reports that a key member of the Public Relations section of the Ministry of Health Rapid tested positive Tuesday for the virus at the Ministerial Complex in the Botanical Gardens.

    Sources say the individual is now expected to do a PCR test to seek confirmation of his Covid-19 status.

    Within the past 30 minutes, an ambulance crew dressed in full Covid-19 PPE outfit rushed to the Ministry of Education building near to the Ministerial Complex to pick up a female employee who reportedly fell ill with symptoms of the virus.

    According to a source familiar with the situation at the General Hospital, the nurses are being told by Management to show up for work on the job even if they are Rapid tested positive for the virus and should only go into isolation when a PCR test is done on them and it comes up with a positive result.

    He said that some nurses are currently exhibiting symptoms of the virus and have decided not to turn out for work.

    The Ministry of Health has not released any statistics on the amount of nurses affected by Covid-19.

    However, a few cases are out in the public domain including the female companion of a government employee in a key section of the Ministry of Finance.

    In addition, a staffer at the Laboratory at the General Hospital that does the PCR test for Covid-19 was also found last week to be affected by the virus

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