The breakdown of the mortuary refrigerator at San Fernando General Hospital is another crushing indictment against the incompetent Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh.
With his tragic track record of failures, Mr. Deyalsingh must tender his resignation to permit the long-suffering public health sector to be placed in the hands of capable and efficient leadership.
The lives of thousands of patients are at stake, as the health sector continues to decline under Mr. Deyalsingh’s bungling management.
The collapse of the important mortuary facilities has created further distress and pain to grieving families.
The incident follows a recent electrical blackout at the same medical institution, which imperilled the lives of scores of adults and paediatrics patients in Intensive Care Units, in Operating Theatres and inwards.
On another occasion, part of the hospital’s ceiling collapsed, jeopardising the lives of both patients and employees.
Still, the blundering Minister has not ensured any improvement in maintenance administration and has held no one to account.
Computed Tomography (CT) scanners have routinely been out of service at San Fernando and other public hospitals, with no CT services available for a long period of time, further jeopardizing lives.
There are state-of-the-art CT scanners at the modern Couva Hospital, but Mr. Deyalsingh is utilising that facility only as a pharmaceutical dispensary where there are already 250 pharmacies across the country dispensing pharmaceuticals.
More and more, San Fernando and other hospitals are becoming killing fields, with the absence of certain essential equipment and inadequate numbers of doctors and nurses.
General Hospital Port of Spain is now virtually a Health Centre.
The lines of neglected patients along the corridors waiting for attention are getting longer and longer, and, in some cases, children, the elderly and the disabled languish for days.
Mr. Deyalsingh has refused to employ more than 1,300 qualified nurses and 600 doctors, who remain on the breadline while our medical institutions endure critical shortages of these vital professionals.
There are continuing widespread shortages of CDAP drugs, which is another result of the minister’s inept leadership.
At least 18 recent neo-natal deaths have taken at public hospitals over the past few months without answers.
Mr. Deyalsingh is Trinidad and Tobago’s most disastrous Health Minister, under whose watch thousands of patients have suffered untimely death or have endured medical hardship, including children needing surgery.
In the interest of the health and wellbeing of citizens, Mr. Deyalsingh must do the decent thing and resign, failing which he must be removed by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley.
His legacy would be one of gross ineptitude and a lack of compassion.