Health Care on the sister isles

NDC Caretaker for the Constituency of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Tevin Andrews has raised concerns over the level of health care provided for residents on the two sister isles.

Tevin Andrews – threatened street protest action

Tevin Andrews – threatened street protest action

Speaking to THE NEW TODAY newspaper, Andrews said he was planning to take to the streets of Hillsborough to march against the horrible health care situation facing the two small islands.

“I am prepared to march the streets of Hillsborough with the people that are affected and demand that we get doctors”, he told this newspaper.

He hinted that he would have tried to involve “some of the staff from the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique and people who are working with the Ministry of Health for Carriacou to join the protest to demand better health for Carriacou and Petite Martinique and even if it means that I have to do it alone, I will do it alone”.

According to Andrews, there were no Doctors at the Princess Royal hospital or the health centers from last Thursday to attend to the needs of the sick.

He charged that the powers-that-be do not care about Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

“Normally there is a doctor that goes around to the different clinics on a daily basis to visit the patients in the clinics or … to deal with whatever illnesses that they might have – that doctor is not present on Carriacou nor in Petite Martinique”, he said.

“…There is another doctor who is a resident of the hospital, who takes care of the needs of the patients in the hospital and if a patient is at home and goes to the hospital, he also takes care of that patient and of course … if there is someone in the village who is sick and cannot make it to the hospital, those doctors visit the patient at home”, he added.

Andrews lamented the fact that there is no doctor on the island to take care of the needs of the people.

“This has been the second time this has happened in less than a year and it seems to be as though the administrators or the powers-that-be have no regard (for) the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique,” he remarked.

Stating that there has been no apology from the administration about the situation, the Congress political activist said he believes that more regards ought to be given to the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, as they are the ones who are affected by the lack of doctors.

“We had an incident here where there was a lady who fell sick and she had to be rushed to the hospital, there was no doctor, no doctor there. The nurses had to see what they can do for that lady by themselves and when the doctor pleased himself because he is on holiday, he then comes up to the hospital and see what he can do,” he said.

The NDC caretaker pointed out that he tried to contact the Parliamentary Representative for the two islands, Minister of Legal Affairs, Elvin Nimrod on the issue but was not able to reach him.

“I’m begging the Parliamentary Representative for the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique to stand up for Carriacou and Petite Martinique, talk to your colleague the Minister for Health and demand that the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique should be treated better than what we have been faced with today in terms of health care”, he said.

“Our hospital system here in Carriacou is already in shambles and the powers-that-be (are) also making it worst by not having doctors in place for when we need it,” he added.

Minister of Health, Nickolas Steele addressed the issue at the weekly post-Cabinet Press Briefing held on Tuesday and alluded to the reason for the lack of doctors on the sister isles.

He said: “The situation arose, where one doctor was on leave and another doctor had a personal emergency with one of his family members and had to leave and take that family member to Cuba so as a result over the weekend we were exposed for two days”.

However, Minister Steele announced that the situation has been remedied in that as of Tuesday two doctors have been assigned to Carriacou.

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