PRESS RELEASE People’s National Congress Reform Flood Crisis Centre Monday, February 7, 2005




Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Robert Corbin, MP, visits the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC)

Concerned about the escalation of flood related illness and the public alarm which ensued, the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Robert Corbin, MP, accompanied by Dr. Dalgleish Joseph, MD, MP visited the GPHC complex at 3:15 pm today, Monday, February 7, 2005, to make an assessment of the condition of patients admitted and the preparedness of the Hospital.

The Female Ward had approximately twenty patients who were all recently admitted with signs of flood related illnesses. Of this number, six were confirmed with Leptospirosis, mostly from communities on the East Coast of Demerara (Better Hope, Ann’s Grove, Lusignan, Coven John). However, there were also persons from the East Bank Demerara and Festival City, Georgetown.

In the two male wards, there were a considerably larger number of patients, once more predominantly from the East Coast of Demerara though there was one individual from Georgetown. The status of these patients was noticeably worse than the females.

When consulted, the Medical Staff represented that the situation was under their control though reports from those present on the ground did not confirm this. The Emergency Unit had at least 100 patients awaiting attention, many of whom were on location since early today. What was even more startling was that the parents of a four year old girl with child in arms were awaiting medication since last evening.

Of great concern was the presence of a number of pupils from the Bygeval Secondary School who were at the GPHC, awaiting attention for some two hours. One pupil communicated that they all arrived at school this morning in the best of health, and then at approximately 11:30 pm, there were complaining of headaches and nausea. While the Medical Team appeared concerned and was making efforts to bring relief to the patients, it was clear that the unit was not prepared to deal with a massive influx of patients.

The PNCR once again calls on the Government to treat the medical emergency with the seriousness it deserves and to accept the advice of the local and visiting professionals.

People’s National Congress Reform
Flood Crisis Centre
Monday, February 7, 2005