The health system in Linden needs streamlining
On behalf of the people of Region 10, I wish to recognise the contributions of the CEO, doctors, nurses and other members of staff during the Linden protest. There was a high level of preparedness due to the fore-planning of the CEO. Working with the CEO and some managers was a great experience.
On the first day of the protest their tasks were intensified. The evening of that ill-fated day, when information reached the hospital that there was tear gas and shooting, the doctors at the Emergency department began to prepare for the worst. Nurses and other staff rushed to the bridge with a stretcher to see what emergency treatment was needed. It was however unfortunate and cruel for the Police to prevent them from doing so.
The doctors and nurses worked around the clock to ensure that the wounded were taken care of. There were other doctors, nurses and other staff who were off-duty, but rushed to the hospital to render assistance to their colleagues. There were tears in their eyes as they attended to their own of the Linden community being shot for standing up for their democratic rights.
Contrary to what was said by the Minister of Health, the Regional Chairman and the Regional Health Officer were very much involved in ensuring that the performance of the Hospital was not interrupted. I as a Councillor and Chairman of the Regional Health Committee made daily visits and contact with the Administration of the Hospital. Daily reports were provided to the Regional Chairman by me. We also met before and during the protest to ensure that all systems were in place. The transfer of patients to Georgetown and the supply of oxygen, fuel and other necessitates were facilitated by me, and the Chairman was informed all the way.
What the Minister did not say was that he recalled an ambulance which was requested by the Hospital and sent to Linden to replace the two which were non-functional.
Though the Management pleaded with the Ministry to leave the vehicle in the Ward – being placed in a strategic location, to facilitate easy transfers to Georgetown – they refused and took it back to Georgetown. To note, shortly after, in an attempt to transfer a patient to Georgetown, the ambulance broke down before it reached its destination.
The Minister should use the achievement of the Hospital to let him look good, since it is his Ministry which is hindering the attempt of the Hospital to increase its service to the people of Linden. After sixteen years, the Ministry is yet to regularise the operations of the Linden Hospital Complex. To compound matters, a new Board was installed with an employee of the Ministry as Chairman. It is time that the Minister stops patting himself on the back and have the Health system in Linden proper streamlined.