Medical Supplies Delivered
- Medical Supplies Delivered to Tristan
Submitted by Tristan Times
By Sarah Glass
According to a St Helena Government press release (but even better,
local reports) the RFA Gold Rover has delivered medical supplies to
Tristan da Cunha where the community had been suffering from an
outbreak of the flu.
A request for an extra supply of flu medicines had been requested by
the Island Doctor due to several bouts of flu that circulated the
Island when crew and passengers from visiting ships brought them
ashore. Once received by Cape Town Radio, the request was
subsequently passed to the British Coast Guard, who inadvertently
informed the BBC.
The regular supply of medicines wasn't due to reach Tristan until 23
January 2008 and this caused concern as at the time the request was
made there were three different strains of flu circulating on the Island.
Though several options were discussed the RFA Gold Rover agreed to
deliver the necessary medical supplies to the Island and arrived at
Tristan on Sunday 16 December.
Captain Paul Minter reported that as a result of medical treatment and
the introduction of a number of public health measures by
Administrator David Morley, the outbreak had been brought under
control on arrival. However, he said that the visit does mean that the
Island's hospital is once again re-supplied with drugs and medicines.
The entire Tristan community has expressed its grateful thanks to the
RFA Gold Rover for its kind gesture and the St Helena Government is
also extremely grateful. The St Helena Government is also grateful to
the Department For International Development, the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence for coordinating the
The Gold Rover recently visited St Helena in November of this year.
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