MoBay doctor shot, Ferguson condemns attack
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Members of the medical fraternity in western Jamaica were up to yesterday reeling in shock and dismay in the aftermath of the shooting and injuring of Dr Debbie Tyghter, a consultant anaesthesiologist at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH).
Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson, in a response, condemned the incident and urged the police to do whatever was possible to catch her attackers.
Ironically, the anaesthesiologist was on the same table which, just an hour earlier, she administered to a patient who underwent surgery at the hospital.
She has since been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at CRH where she remained last night in a critical, but stable condition.
Police reports are that about 8:30 the medical doctor was shot by one of two men who pounced on her at her gate in West Gate Hills, a swanky community in Montego Bay.
The men reportedly attempted to rob the female medic, who put up a struggle before she was shot in the left shoulder, the bullet travelling in a downward direction damaging her ribs and lungs.
The gunmen allegedly made a hasty retreat after they were challenged and shot at by a law enforcement officer who lives in close proximity to the anaesthesiologist.
Dr Fenton Ferguson yesterday urged well-thinking Jamaicans to speak out against criminal elements in the society, following the shooting.
"Time and time again criminals try to disrupt our lives and we simply cannot allow them to get away with this. Anyone who knows anything about what happened should make a report to the police," Dr Ferguson said, adding that Dr Tyghter had saved numerous lives during the course of her career, and it was unfortunate that she was attacked by persons who may require her services in the future or may even have already benefited.
"We are all saddened by what has happened, and I hope we use this chance to become more vigilant and actively speak out against these criminals. The good people in Jamaica far outnumber the criminals. We have to work to preserve the moral fabric of our society; if not for ourselves, for our children," he said.
Dr Ferguson also called on the country to support the Ministry of National Security and Minister Peter Bunting in uniting for change.
Chairman of the Cornwall Regional Hospital Management Committee Calvin G Brown condemned the shooting and called for the police to act speedily to bring the perpetrators to justice.
"The shooting of Dr Tyghter has left her colleagues and the administration of the CRH in a state of shock, and I call on the police to do all in their powers to apprehend her attackers," Brown stated in a news release.
Chairman of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) George Duncan also condemned the shooting and called on "all health professionals in the WRHA to heighten their security levels and be conscious of their surroundings at all times."