Victoria Hospital has suspended elective and day surgeries until further notice.
A release Wednesday from the Department of Health and Wellness said the move is the result of the increase of Intensive Care Unit ICU patients at the health care institution.
“The increase of ICU patients is as a result of a rise in violent cases such as stabbings, gunshot wounds, excessive alcohol consumption and chronic diseases such as diabetes, strokes, and hypertension,” the release disclosed.
It quoted Medical Director of the Victoria Hospital Dr. Alisha Eugene-Ford as appealing to everyone, including our social partners such as families, civil society, churches, youth groups, mothers and fathers groups and other government agencies like the police, fire service and social transformation, to put measures in place to manage their health.
“In addition, persons are asked to curb violence by changing their behavior to avoid complications which results in long admissions and ICU admissions,” it was observed.