Kindly allow me to use your letter column to express my sincere sympathy to the nurses that had to endure the most humiliating, brutal and disgraceful attack while at their place of work recently at the Wismar Hospital. My heart indeed bleeds for the nurse that suffered this most beastly form of humiliation.
Had these nurses suffered as the result of some form of natural disaster or occupational hazard/accident, then the resulting pains would have been more tolerable.
I am taken aback with the calm with which the Linden community takes this tragedy, also civil society countrywide.
As a resident of the Linden community for more than 30 years, I am confident that the issue of security at the Wismar Hospital was always a concern for both staff and patients for many years.
This tragedy is evidence that all complaints of the security concerns at this institution continued to go unaddressed by those in authority.
I am certainly not an expert on Occupational Health and Safety Regulations/Laws in Guyana but do believe that the employer of these nurses had an obligation to ensure that adequate provisions were in place to ensure that a safe working environment existed at the Wismar Hospital at all times.
The fact that it is alleged that the perpetrator of this beastly attack on our nurses might have been HIV positive will ensure that wounds inflicted on this nurse will have life threatening consequences, thus, can never be taken lightly.
It is for this reason that I strongly advocate justice for our nurses. Justice in this case can never be limited to the penalty meted out to this gruesome attacker by the court of law but must also be meted out in the light of our Occupational Health and Safety Regulations/Law.
The Ministry of Health, the employer of our nurses, must be brought to be held accountable for failing to provide adequate security for their employees.
I am appealing to the informed legal minds of our society to lend a helping hand to these nurses, who, for the most part will be too weak to fight their own cause.
In deed as the saying goes” Only Who Feels It Knows It”. Let’s give this case the attention it deserves; let’s think about the lives that have been destroyed.
Has the Ministry of Health provided any counseling for the victim or the victim’s husband and/or children? I know that with the best of security measures today the inevitable continues to occur.
However, in light of the numerous calls in the pass for better security arrangements at this particular hospital, it is my hope that the prevailing security arrangement at the time of this incident would be investigated and the relevant authorities be held accountable when found wanting.
I call upon all our nurses to stand in solidarity with your colleagues in seeking justice and a safe working environment at all times.
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