By Elma Gabriel-Mayers
Yes! Just a few weeks ago, during a visit to St, Vincent and the Grenadines, I lifted my eyebrows and said, “For the love of God’!” My experience made me reflect on a lot of the things I have heard people say about the medical situation in our beloved SVG.
It is surely not my intention to pass judgement on the efforts of the SVG leadership but to bring attention to what are the neglects to some of the most critical requirements ensuring life continuity and well-being of people, especially those less privileged needing medical attention at their most crucial times.
When one is given doctor’s prescriptions that cannot be filled due to a shortage at the drugstores, it reflects on the critical state of the medical situation. This can only lead to the deterioration of the patient, which then forces them to the Kingstown emergency facility.
Truly, my experience at the Stubbs Polyclinic and later at Kingstown Hospital Emergency left me with no doubt as to the capabilities of our well qualified doctors and nurses. They worked professionally despite having to work within an un-maintained, poorly sanitised environment with dilapidated wash basins and pipes built up with mould; visible from broken ceilings; dark grey due to the excessive deposits of mould.
What good are our well qualified medical professionals who while attending to their patients have to hope “for miracles” that their bodies are immune to the potential effects in working within such mould-infested environment?
Special kudos to the nurse who was on duty at the Stubbs Poly Clinic on the evening of Dec. 31, 2018. I am not sure how many are aware that the nurses on duty the after 6 p.m. shift at polyclinics are there on a volunteer basic.
Contrary to my experience in trying to fill the prescription at the privately owned drugstores, the prescribe medicine was only available at the polyclinic and the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital.
I was impressed with the availability of the various medical equipment and supplies similar to that of North America’s clinics. We should be grateful also to an education revolution programme that provides free nursing education to those young aspiring men and women in SVG.
Yes, we must continue to highlight the negatives within the platforms and never fail to also highlight the positives, as it really does not matter which government is in power, there will always be imperfections.
Likewise, those in leadership must stride in all honesty and be open to criticism in their effort to lead by example, the awareness to the fact that our younger aspirers are watching.
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