Health Minister Mary Isaac has said that her ministry is confronted with the serious issue of the impact of violent crime on Victoria Hospital (VH).
‘Right now our ICU unit is overflowing – we need to get some space in our operating room,” Isaac told reporters Thursday.
She explained that every time there is a shooting the victim ends up at the state-run Victoria Hospital where they have to be operated on.
Isaac observed that thereafter the victim usually remains in the Intensive Care Unit for a period of time.
“That is backing up our ICU unit and we really need to be cognizant of that as a people,” Isaac stated.
“If one of these days we have an emergency – God forbid, such as we experienced just a few months ago, there is not going to be room in our operating room at Victoria Hospital to handle that kind of emergency right now,” Isaac asserted.
She said there were ‘so many’ gunshot and stabbing victims in the hospital.
The minister expressed the view that society should do its best to try and help curb the violence that has spilled onto the streets.
“We cannot continue like that,” Isaac lamented.
She explained that the violence spills into the hospital
“When these people have these fights the fight does not end with one person dying or the person being injured – they still continue to come after each other,” the Health Minister observed.
She spoke of the need to beef up security at Victoria Hospital.
The minister said that would constitute an added cost at the health care institution