What system does the N/A Hospital has in place for emergencies?
On Tuesday, September 21, a Grade 9 student of the Vryman’s Erven Secondary School was taken by his class teacher to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital after complaining of a stomach ache.
Since the child could not walk, a wheel-chair had to be summoned upon arrival at the hospital. Upon arrival at the emergency section of the facility, the teacher tried to get the student in so that he could receive immediate medical attention, but was prevented from doing so by the security guard who appeared to be manning the door that led to the emergency section.
The teacher, who is my colleague, related to me that he and the student — who was, during this time, crying, spitting and complaining of harsher pains — were made to wait outside of the emergency section, in the sun. Each time the teacher tried to relate the circumstance which may have surrounded the lad’s pains, the guard became rude and disinterested.
The teacher then sought the administrator of the hospital, to whom a complaint was made about the matter. It was only then that a directive came that allowed the student medical attention by a doctor, who immediately admitted the child to surgery. It was later revealed that the student had appendicitis.
Now, so much is wrong with the picture I have painted. Firstly, the guard does not have what it takes to buffer with the public. Secondly, I am a bit confused about her portfolio, is she a door agent or someone who protects the hospital grounds as a security personnel? The guard service has much to answer there.
Thirdly, what system has the hospital put in place to handle emergencies that come in? Shouldn’t there be a nurse who checks with persons who have arrived and may require immediate assistance, like this school child?
You hear so much pathetic stories everyday about that place. When you write about them, they send you lawyer’s letters to sue for libel and other damages.
There ought to be an independent body that handles complaints from the general public about the public health system, especially that which relates to the “spanking- new” New Amsterdam Hospital. I’d welcome this.
But if the worst had happened: that the student’s appendicitis had burst – causing death – while he was waiting outside for more than an hour, then who would have been at fault?
Leon Jameson Suseran