Minister of Health Luke Browne said that the introduction of Heberprot has caused a dramatic reduction in the number of amputations.
Heberprot is a drug develop by Cuba to treat diabetic foot ulcers. There were 72 amputations in 2015 before the drug was introduced.
After the introduction of the drug in 2016, the number of amputations for the year fell to only 19. This represents great progress for healthcare in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
It is one of the great health outcomes the government have seen in the past few years.
Minister Browne said the government is firmly focussed and committed to the task of improving health and well being in the country in every aspect.
We will update with the 2017 figure in a later post.