Health Minister promises to probe state of West Dem. Hospital
The West Demerara Regional Hospital is a ‘work in progress’ according to Minister of Health Dr. Bheri Ramsaran.
He was responding to the growing complaints about the deteriorating state of the medical facility.
According to the Minister, several infrastructural works have been undertaken at the facility and promised that “more will be on the way.”
Dr. Ramsaran said that while the Hospital is a part of the Ministry’s outreach, the West Demerara Regional Hospital is tasked with the technical issues related to that facility.
The Minister added that he will launch an investigation into the claims of the hospital staff.
Recently, staff at the facility accused the government of turning “a blind eye” to the worsening conditions of the hospital.
Reports are that the hospital has been in this condition for the past seven months. The staff claimed that they can no longer work under conditions that endanger their lives.
According to the workers, live electrical wires hang from the ceiling in various departments, the Emergency Room (ER) has not been in operation for a long while and the records department is also out of order.
The staff claims that, on occasion, when patients enquire about the dilapidated state of the hospital it puts them “in an uncomfortable position to have to answer.”
The staff members are worried about their safety and that of the patients.
The staff said that they sought the attention of relevant authorities via the media several times but that nothing was done.
Some staff members described the hospital as a dead zone.
Kaieteur News was told that the hospital has been in the poor state for quite some time.
At present, the air conditioning unit in at least one department has been replaced with two fans, both of which have no protective covering.
There are reportedly, also, no dividers to separate patients while their cards are being packed in boxes and stored in the abandoned room.
Employees have now resorted to placing tables and chairs at the front of the ER room where they carry out records keeping.