Seven dialysis patients living on Virgin Gorda have been receiving free transportation to and from the Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital on Tortola where they receive treatment during the territory-wide curfew.
Typically, these patients utilize a public ferry. However, since the curfew took effect last Friday, the ferry companies were also mandated to cease operations.
Vincent Wheatley, the Representative of the Ninth District where Virgin Gorda is located, said the Ministry of Health now pays for the sister-island based patients to be transported via a private charter.
When asked about the cost associated with this private charter, Wheatley told BVI News he would “rather not say”.
But while commenting on the initiative, Wheatley said: “Dialysis is a matter of life and death — we choose life. Societies are judged on how they treat their most vulnerable – children, seniors, sick, disabled etcetera. We seek to get high marks.”
Dialysis is effectively the process whereby excess water and toxins are removed from the blood of individuals whose kidneys have failed.
For some people, this procedure is done at least three times a week.
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