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Health crisis looms with dengue, overcrowding and surgery delays, says PNP

Saturday, December 15, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People's National Party (PNP) is insisting that there is a Dengue Fever outbreak across the island despite the health ministry's declaration that the number of cases could not be classified as such.

The PNP, arguing that a health crisis looms, is also urging the health ministry to come clean on overcrowding at the island's health facilities.

According to Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr Dayton Campbell the statistics quoted by the Ministry of Health do not paint a true picture of the impact Dengue and Dengue Haemorrhagic fever are having on the nation.

At the same time Campbell noted that overcrowding at some of our major hospitals and health centres could cause delay in the management of cases of dengue fever and people could die as a result of the delays.

He also expressed alarm that due to overcrowding at the Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC) there are children with respiratory problems being housed in buildings under construction.

Campbell added that at Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) elective obstetric surgeries are delayed due to staff shortage and the non-functionality of an operating theatre, adding that at VJH elective lifesaving gynae surgeries are done once every five weeks due to a non-functional operating suite.

He further stated that ventilators are in short supply at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) and this has affected the number of surgeries done.

Campbell called on the health minister and the ministry to properly brief the nation on the true impact of dengue and dengue haemorrhagic fever to include: The ministry's plan to address the dengue outbreak; state the short-and-medium term plans to address overcrowding in hospitals; address the situation at BHC where patients are housed with ongoing construction; and immediately address the equipment and staff crisis at KPH/ VJH in respect of life saving surgeries.

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