Saturday 6 June, 2020

Kari Douglas calls for audit of Corporate Area’s healthcare facilities

Kari Douglas

Kari Douglas

PNP Councillor for the Trafalgar Division in the South East St Andrew constituency, Kari Douglas is calling for an audit of primary healthcare facilities within the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC).

Douglas made the plea during the sitting of the KSAMC’s Parish Disaster Preparedness and Public Health Committee at the entity’s offices on Church Street in Kingston on Wednesday.

Douglas, who was recently involved in a verbal spat with a medical doctor at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, said the audit would help towards reducing the burden on the hospital.

She said: “The first thing I would have asked for is a list and then find out, in the undertaking of these facilities, what systems are in place for the monitoring of these facilities for improvement.

“My research shows that these facilities are under-equipped and they are not properly maintained. Persons believe that visiting these facilities are an exercise in futility, that you don’t get anywhere and you don’t get the services that you need.

“So the quickest and best place for them is to go to Bustamante Hospital, which is our premier and best facility to address children medical issues, for everybody."

According to Douglas, her plea is despite statistics indicating that the island is coming towards the end of the critical period for dengue, which has placed a strain on the island’s healthcare system.

She said the incident involving her and the doctor at Bustamante Hospital for Children, which shut down the accident and emergency section of the facility for hours, has given her a “special interest” in pediatric care and public health.

Douglas said that, after such an audit is completed, the public should be sensitised about the information, so they would be better informed and able to assess the facilities before a potential visit.

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