They say you can’t put a price on care. I’d take that’s the reason it’s free at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Quality medical care is just what I received as I journeyed towards the birth of my first child and I must say, truly, I’m happy I chose the public system.
My gratefulness stemmed from the poor conditions of the hospitals in Venezuela at the time, so I didn’t need to look too far. It was sad to learn that some hospitals in that oil-rich country hadn’t the mere necessities to render basic help to patients.
Cupboards were empty and if doctors were available they hadn’t much to work with. Water – being one of the prime needs to humans – wasn’t available; a person would be asked to walk with their own… if possible.
So what’s the care like over at the Maternity – GPHC?
I write this article to erase all negative perceptions and to bring forth an opinion. It is from my experience, as opposed to someone else’s “hearsay”, which should be unacceptable.
Al-hamdu lil-lāh (Praise be to God) I am happy that there were systems in place, I’m happy that medical professionals were available and attended to me around the clock, I’m grateful that water ran through the pipes every time I turned the taps on, I’m happy that equipment was functional and cupboards were filled with medication and clean sheets.
I’m grateful for the simple yet most necessary things like new gloves placed on hands to assist me and for cottons that wiped my blood.
And yes, I am happy that it free!
I didn’t have the added pressure of worrying how I’ll pay for all of this.
I couldn’t anticipate what childbirth would feel like, but with the reduction of mental and financial stress, the physical became somewhat easier.
After this life-changing experience, I would say that the courtesy training has helped personnel, especially when speaking to patients and this should be continued, my encouragement to the public is to forget the dark tales attached to this hospital and be thankful that it is still here and still a leader in medical care.
Extremely thankful new mother
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