CC Nicholson Hospital probe…Major communication gap led to birth in barber shop
Investigations by the Ministry of Health have revealed massive gaps in communication at the Dr. CC Nicholson’s Hospital. These resulted in a 23-year-old giving birth at a barber shop, recently.
Health Minister Dr. Bheri Ramsaran had ordered a probe into the incident.
Nandy Collins, 23, of 62 Main Street, Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara, delivered her baby at a barber shop in Nabaclis on the evening of June 23, last, after she allegedly visited the Dr. CC Nicholson’s hospital.
She was informed by the security guard on duty at that time that there was no doctor or midwife on duty.
“This is very unfortunate and we (the Ministry of Health) need to put things in order. This is definitely a lapse and this should not have happened,” Dr Ramsaran said.
He said that he was informed by officials from the Dr. CC Nicholson Hospital said that Dr. Ameeka Breedy, the physician attached to the hospital, had left on the evening of June 23.
He added that he is not sure why the guard was unable to make contact with her to inform her of the situation. He said even though Dr. Breedy was not at the hospital, there should have been a midwife present.
The Health Minister said that even though it might have been true that there was not a doctor or a midwife at the hospital, the guard should not have stopped the woman from entering the facility since there might have been other medical personnel to render assistance.
He added that similar communication problems are being encountered at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, and the Ministry is now trying to work along with the guard services for them to understand that the function of the guards is not to send persons away from the facility but to ensure that there is order.
He however said that a lot of focus has been placed on upgrading the Dr. CC Nicholson Hospital since the culture of the area in which the facility is located is that the majority of Afro Guyanese would prefer to give birth at home.
The Dr. CC Nicholson’s Hospital was established in 2000. It is administered by Dr. Ameeka Breedy and 17 other medical staff.