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Friday, September 23, 2011

Trinidad and Tobago : Dengue horrors at Eric Williams hospital

Via News Day :

" Tuesday night saw scores of parents with children, many of whom were babies and toddlers, waiting long hours to be seen by a doctor at the Priority Care Facility at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.

Most of those who came seeking medical attention were afflicted with dengue-like symptoms.

One man, who said he had accompanied his brother who had brought his daughter for treatment at around 8pm , said the child was first taken to the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, Cocorite, with suspected dengue.

When the doctors were unable to draw blood from the child at the facility, she was sent to Eric Williams, he said.

“The letter that they gave him from the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital was marked urgent, but we still didn’t see a doctor until about 1.30 in the morning, over four hours later.

“There was a mother who said she took her daughter to the San Fernando General Hospital, but was transferred to Eric Williams. She said she got here at 4 pm and by the time we were leaving at around 2 am yesterday, she still had not seen a doctor, and she was travelling by taxi,” the man said.

He said as the night wore on more and more people turned up, several after the curfew hour of 11 pm."

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