Several Cuban doctors and nurses walked off their duties yesterday at the Leonora Cottage Hospital because of a water problem at the facilities.
Responding to complaints, Kaieteur News on a visit to the West Coast Demerara Diagnostic Centre which serves residents between Windsor Forest and Parika, found an abnormally deserted compound and a lone Cuban doctor handling a few emergencies.
Officials there said that six Cuban doctors, apparently disgusted with dry faucets, decided to protest and went home shortly after reporting for duty. The doctors are being housed a few doors south of the Diagnostic Centre.
It has not been the first time that the centre has been experiencing the water supply problem but this time, the doctors had decided enough was enough.
Also refusing to work were more than 10 assistants, all said to be Cubans.
Yesterday, officials of the Region Three administration said that they were unaware of the issue but would investigate.
“How de people come in they taxis…is so they left.”
When asked why they were leaving, the patients said that they were told that there were no doctors.
In addition to treating emergencies, the facility also conducts dentistry and other key services. Several senior citizens were said to be affected by the incident.
Calls to the Ministry of Health’s Regional Health offices went unanswered yesterday and efforts to contact Minister within the Ministry of Health, Bheri Ramsarran, proved futile.
Just over a year ago, on November 4, doctors had also downed tools in protest of water shortage.
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