The Ministry of Health is reporting that the Government has so far spent over $100-million to treat patients with Acute Flaccid Paralysis, AFP, under which Guillain Barre Syndrome, GBS, falls.
GBS is a disease that affects the nerves and muscles, and can result in temporary paralysis.
It’s been linked to the Zika virus.
Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton says it costs the Government $1.5-million to treat each case of Acute Flaccid Paralysis.
So far, there have been eighty one notifications, ten of which have been considered suspected cases of GBS.
Two have been confirmed as zika positive.
Dr. Tufton says the medication to treat AFP and GBS is free to patients at public facilities.
He says the Ministry recognizes that public sector patients would not be able to afford the cost for treating GBS, and so they have been purchasing the medication and supplies to ensure that they are in a position to provide what is needed as best as possible.