The World Pediatric Project (WPP), has culminated a hectic year with a final laparoscopic mission.

A release from the WPP stated that for the period January to December 2018, there were a total of 14 missions in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH), which is now the hub for pediatric specialty care in the Eastern Caribbean.

Seven hundred and sixty-three (763) patients were evaluated, one hundred and ninety-nine (199), from the region and five hundred and sixty-four (564), locally.  One hundred and eighty-three (183) children received surgical intervention, seventy-two (72) children from across the region and one hundred and eleven (111) Vincentian patients.

On Friday 7th December, Ms. Kim Haydock, President of the Rotary Club, Saint Vincent South, presented a cheque to Dr. Dave Lanning, Medical Director of the WPP, during a brief handing over ceremony, which took place at the office of the WPP.

Dr. Lanning expressed gratitude to the Club, noting that the latest mission was very successful, with nine (9) children receiving complex minimum invasive operations that allow them to live healthier lives.

The WPP received an early Christmas gift of $13,585.00 from fuel provider, SOL EC Ltd.

Mr. Steve Francis, General Manager of SOL, indicated that, as part of its social investment programme, SOL is pleased with the work being done by the WPP in assisting children in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the Eastern Caribbean with surgical and other medical assistance, and is happy to assist the organization.

Ms. Lauren Mc Intosh, Executive Director, WPP, expressed her gratitude to SOL for its significant contribution, which she said, will assist the WPP in its operations.

Ms. Yolande Barbour, SOL’s Accountant, handed over a second donation of $886.70 to Ms. Mc Intosh. This was a donation from SOL’s staff who have been involved in “Fitness Walks” and are the proceeds from the sale of t-shirts.

The WPP, since its commencement of operations in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in 2002, as at August 31, 2018 provided services to the value of US$27.16 million. One hundred and seventy-seven (177) children received medical care in the USA, costing US$15.88 million and there were one hundred and thirty-one (131) visiting surgical/diagnostic teams who treated children at a value of US$11.28 million.

The Project offers surgical and diagnostic critical pediatric care to children of the Eastern Caribbean.