… Nurse’s residents crying out for help
Despite the presence of a Regional Health Authority in Berbice, which incidentally is the only one in the country, the health situation in the Ancient County is in total chaos.
Reports coming out of the Black Bush Polder area are not encouraging. Residents stated that the Mibicuri Hospital is in disarray with a malfunctioning generator unable to provide electricity to the facility whenever there is a blackout.
Nurses and patients alike are forced to endure the horrendous condition that presents itself. The residents want a thorough investigation into the functioning of the facility and are questioning the purpose of the Regional Health Authority.
The situation has reached unbearable proportions with Sunday Night’s scenarios being the latest episode in a long tale of woes.
On Sunday following the storm that caused some damage on the Corentyne Coast, the electricity in the area went out after some post fell. The standby generator, according to residents, hardly works because it is almost always out of fuel or is malfunctioning.
So after the generator worked for a while it ceased to function thus, the medical institution was left without electricity.
The nurses that worked the night shift had to endure the frightening and hellish situation, which according to the residents, is a norm.
There was one patient in the medical institution, the victim of attempted suicide. The one female patient had to endure a lonely night of Halloween like experience.
The nurses were forced to seek help in the pitch dark building. The doctor in charge, one Tariq Uddin, refused to leave his quarters.
Nurses and visitors have to use whatever means possible including light from their cell phones. Nurses sometimes, have to resort to lights loaned to them by the patients and their relatives.
The hospital is in dire straits at the moment with the electricity not being returned to the area more than 24 hours later. The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) is not sure when the electricity would be restored.
The hospital has one small rechargeable light which has long ‘gone dead’ and which has to be taken around by the nurses.
The Hospital Administrator, it is understood, is responsible for the Skeldon, Port Mourant and Black Bush Polder Hospitals. She has her office in the Regional Health Administration Complex in New Amsterdam.
A similar situation exists at the New Amsterdam Hospital whenever there is a power failure.
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