Better care for child cancer victims

(left to right) Minister of Health John Boyce; Virginia Shaw-Hutchinson of the Leslois Shaw Foundation, a lead donor; Claire Jordan of Scotiabank, a partner of the Telemedicine initiative; and principal of the UWI Cave Hill Campus Sir Hilary Beckles at the unveiling.
(left to right) Minister of Health John Boyce; Virginia Shaw-Hutchinson of the Leslois Shaw Foundation, a lead donor; Claire Jordan of Scotiabank, a partner of the Telemedicine initiative; and principal of the UWI Cave Hill Campus Sir Hilary Beckles at the unveiling.

Minister of Health John Boyce says Barbados and its regional neighbours are limited in the care they can give children with cancer.

But that’s about to change with an initiative just launched will help doctors get help from overseas specialists without having to leave the island.

The Shaw Family Telemedicine Room was opened yesterday at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Clinical Skills Building, Jemmotts Lane, St Michael. The facility will house the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative, launched in Toronto, Canada, earlier this year, which works with stakeholders across the English-speaking Caribbean to improve the outcomes and quality of life for children with cancer and blood disorders, as well as their families.

It is a collaborative effort between the UWI, SickKids –– The Hospital for Sick Children in Canada –– and the Centre For Global Child Health.

Minister of Health John Boyce told those in attendance that the opening of the Telemedicine Room integrated two important areas: the delivery of clinical care to persons who would otherwise require transfer overseas for consultation and the strengthening of Barbados’ programmmes to improve the outcomes for children living with cancer and other disorders.

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