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$100m spent on GBS treatment by gov't so far

Published:Wednesday | August 3, 2016 | 8:42 AM
Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton, explains that the treatment of GBS and related conditions does not cost patients at public facilities.

The Government has reportedly spent more than $100 million so far to treat patients with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) and other Acute Flaccid Paralysis.

Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton, explains that the treatment of GBS and related conditions does not cost patients at public facilities.

He notes that the Government spends $1.5 million to treat each case of Acute Flaccid Paralysis as most public sector patients would not be able to afford the cost.

Tufton says as a result the health ministry has been purchasing the medication and supplies to ensure it’s in a position to provide what is needed.

The health minister says so far there have been 81 notifications of Acute Flaccid Paralysis, ten of which have been considered suspected cases of GBS.

Two have been confirmed as being related to the Zika virus.