No Cuban doctors at Diamond Regional Hospital, patients angry
– Clerical worker says only one Guyanese doctor on duty
A single doctor is currently manning the East Bank Demerara Regional Hospital which is supposed to take care of patients’ medical needs in the community.
This has been the situation since New Year’s Day with all the Cuban doctors assigned to the hospital on leave since Cuba was observing two holidays.
On New Year’s Day, the Cubans celebrated Triumph of the Revolution and they observed Victory of Armed Forces Day the following day. They are expected back to work next Monday.
The shortage of medical staff at the health facility has angered patients and their relatives who have been seeking medical attention.
A clerical worker at the hospital yesterday confirmed that there was one Guyanese doctor on duty and he was only dealing with emergency cases.
Kaieteur News understands that early yesterday, a group of angry patients stood in front of the hospital entrance and demanded to be treated by a doctor but their small protest was quickly dismissed by security.
Gregory Allen said that his mother visited the health facility yesterday to see a bone specialist but she was referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) since the doctor was on leave.
“She said that there were a lot of people and they were cursing because only one doctor is working,” Allen added.
Many persons were questioning the reason why all the Cuban doctors were given leave at the same time, leaving one doctor to satisfy the medical need of hundreds of persons.
“Is a two day holiday and today (yesterday) and they are still not working, this is nonsense. If they are given leave does that mean that whenever there is a holiday here, the Guyanese doctors should abandon the people and their illness and celebrate?” a patient queried.
Calls to the Minister of Health, Bheri Ramsaran were futile as always.