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  • The National Health Fund (NHF) has acted to ensure that there is normality in the supply of intravenous (IV) fluid in the public health sector.
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NHF, Everton Anderson, said a shipment of 120,000 units of IV fluid will arrive in the island this week.
  • Mr. Anderson also expressed thanks to several agencies, including Food For The Poor, which assisted in bringing in supplies of IV fluid to ease the shortage.

The National Health Fund (NHF) has acted to ensure that there is normality in the supply of intravenous (IV) fluid in the public health sector.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NHF, Everton Anderson, said a shipment of 120,000 units of IV fluid will arrive in the island this week, which should normalise the situation in the sector.

Speaking at the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital in St. Ann on June 27, Mr. Anderson said the national demand for IV fluid is approximately 70,000 bags per month, “but ours fell to about 30,000 because of the global situation.”

“However, we were able to manage the system efficiently. We even brought in supplies by air to ensure that Jamaica was never compromised,” he added.

Mr. Anderson also expressed thanks to several agencies, including Food For The Poor, which assisted in bringing in supplies of IV fluid to ease the shortage.

Intravenous fluids are critical to saving lives during an emergency as they are used for moderate to severe cases of dehydration, and may be used in a case where an individual has a very high sugar level.

The fluid is also used in surgeries and is administered during invasive procedures such as washing of the stomach. The normal saline is also reportedly used with ventolin to nebulise patients with asthmatic conditions.