Grenada’s Tourism Sector has received a major boost with the commissioning of the much-needed Hyberbaric chamber at the St Augustine Medical Centre.
Tourism Officials and in particular the local dive industry are singing songs of praise for the facility, after years of having to send affected divers out of the island for treatment.
The initiative was supported through a partnership of the Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association.
Director of the Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association Ian Dabreo, speaking at a media tour last Thursday says the GHTA is excited to be a part of the initiative.
“We were excited when Dr. Ameche approached us especially since we have been working on our Tourism Enhancement Fund for over a year and Dr. Ameche’s request enabled us to make our first major contribution as part of this fund. “We were pleased to be a part of such a much needed facility and we are happy we could assist in getting the hyperbaric chamber here” Dabreo told the media gathering.
Approximately EC $16,500 was donated by the GHTA, through its Tourism Enhancement Fund to ship the chamber to Grenada.
“As you know the dive sector is very important to our economy and we are very excited to finally have this facility in Grenada” Dabreo added
The GHTA Director also reiterated the significance of the facility in boosting Grenada’s ability to market itself as a tourism destination.
Christine Finney of the Scuba Diving Association labeled the newly installed chamber as a huge advantage to the sector.
“It is something that every diving industry should be equipped with and it puts doctors and divers at ease within the sector”
“It’s really exciting for everybody and represents a major security advantage Finney added.
Resident doctor of St. Augustine Medical Services, Dr. Lutz Ameche, says his institution has been attempting to bring this to a reality for over four years. Up to four persons can be simultaneously treated at the chamber, which is also equipped with a transfer chamber.
The entire initiative has been undertaken to the tune of approximately $190,000.00 dollars. In underscoring its importance Dr. Ameche stressed that the facility could be used for a number of medical therapies including head tumors and for the treatment of chronic ulcers and gangrene.