Mar 04, 2011 News
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After a second nurse was bitten by a dog for this week, nurses at the West Demerara Regional Hospital are pleading with the administration of the facility and the Minister of Health to assist with their plight in the line of duty.
According to the nurses, last Sunday, one of their colleagues was bitten by a dog on her leg in the Male Medical Ward, while yesterday another nurse was bitten on her knee while escorting a patient to another ward.
Collectively the nurses have agreed to strike if a solution to the stray dog infestation within the hospital compound is not forthcoming.
“Two years ago a nurse was also bitten by a dog and nothing came out of it, only promises,” one nurse said. “Now we have cats and dogs in the wards at nights, also. They even sleeping on vacant beds and fighting in the building. We keep talking to administration but nothing is done.”
Complaints of leaks in the roof, improper quarters and toilets were underscored by the nurses.
“When the cat come they does eat out dem patients’ food, then if is not that, is the cats and dogs fighting in the ward, we don’t even know if those dogs have rabies…this place is running like a cowboy town.”
The nurses disclosed that the animals live within the hospital compound, and it has been a growing issue that has not been addressed by the administration of the hospital.
This newspaper tried contacting the Regional Health Officer but failed. However, the Administrator of the hospital, Bharrat Persaud, said that the administration is looking into the various issues that are affecting the nurses and steps will be taken. Yesterday, a meeting was held with the nurses to garner solutions.
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