– Lindeners condemn inept health care system
Even with the new state- of-the-art Linden Hospital Complex, there continue to be claims of incompetence, ineptness and negligence on the part of medical personnel there, and Lindeners have vowed to have these shortcomings addressed, come what may.
‘’We now got State- of-the- art Hospital, but we ain’t getting state- of- the- art treatment. As a matter of fact, the treatment at this institution is very lousy with a very low level of professionalism being displayed’’, one man observed candidly.
These and other statements were rife at the funeral service of Tricia Winth, who died in childbirth last Sunday at the institution.
The child would have been the fourth for the 35-year old woman.
Mother and child lay side by side in the white casket beneath the Winth’s residence, while relatives, friends and curious onlookers, filed past solemnly to catch a glimpse of the two.
According to Winth’s relatives, the woman died as a result of gross negligence, on the part of the hospital’s staff and administration.
‘’Imagine they give me daughter six tablets to drink, with no water. She husband had to go till by the four corner to buy water fuh she drink dem tablets,” Winth’s mother Kim Boyce related tearfully.
“We want justice, we got to get justice, or this thing ain’t gon stop,” the woman added.
Boyce said that her daughter could have lived if the nurses on duty had taken their job more seriously and attended to her in a timely manner.
‘’They know that Tricia was a pressure case, and yet when she go to the hospital, me son-in-law had to tell them to check she pressure, because she de crying out with headache and belly pain,’’Boyce lamented.
The woman’s husband Eusibio Winth sobbed heartbreakingly as his three children surrounded and embraced him during the funeral viewing at his residence.
He was too distraught to speak.
During a press briefing shortly before the funeral service, Pastors from the Fruits of Calvary Church on Burnham Drive, where the Winths worshipped, condemned the attitude of medical personnel at the Linden Hospital Complex. One Pastor said that residents of Region 10 are exposed to creeping genocide by an inept Health care system.
The Pastors noted that maternal and child health care is a serious issue, and expressed the view that with the building of the new facility, persons thought that there would have been effective and improved patient health care.
‘’We are urging the administration to establish effective, efficient patient care to match the state-of-the- art facility, and we will be campaigning for a sustainable health care system, that Lindeners can have faith in,’’ Pastor Rennisson Morian emphasized.
Morian in alluding to Winth’s death, said, considering that the hospital had received information on the woman’s medical history over a month before her expected delivery, staff there should have been prepared to offer the requisite medical care at the appropriate time.
‘’This is a problem of systemic failure, the entire system has failed,’’ Morian said.
Investigations are currently ongoing into the possible cause of the woman and her baby’s death.
At the recent commissioning of the new Linden Hospital Complex, Minister of Health Dr Leslie Ramsammy had noted, ‘’In Region 10, in 2008, we invested $US79 per capita on health. The national investment was $US70 per capita in 2008. This sum does not include the capital investment in the Linden Hospital, which would have been another $US84 per capita. In 2008, we spent $264M on medicines and medical supplies in Region 10. This amounts to about $US31. If we look at the provision of medicines for two priority chronic disease conditions in Region 10, diabetes and hypertension, more than $35M of medicines was provided for Region 10. ‘’
Ramsammy had also pointed out that with the addition of staff at the Linden Hospital and with the plans to expand services at this facility, significant progress would be inevitable in the coming years.
The Minister had expressed his pleasure that the facility had been in operation for several months prior to its formal opening, and pointed out. ‘’It is a magnificent building. Not only in Guyana context is this a majestic structure, it represents for certain a very modern hospital by any standards.’’
Both residents of Linden and visitors to the community would agree with the Minister that the new hospital is indeed a magnificent structure. But according to IDB local representative Geert Genkins, in his speech at the opening of another state-of-the-art facility, the Wisburg Secondary School a few years ago, which was also partly funded by that organization, ‘’It is not the size of the building or the amenities found in them, but what goes on in those buildings-the type and quality of services offered.’’
The reconstruction of the Linden Hospital cost approximately $2B.
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