More Sick People Are Visiting The Hospital – Officials

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Comparing data from 2014 to that of 2018, the government says 4000 more residents are seeking emergency care at the Mount St. John’s Medical Center.

The government did not provide data for the period in between nor did it indicate the exact number of people who seek emergency care at the hospital on an annual basis.

In notes released following Cabient today it said the increase in the number of patients is credited to knowledge of improved care at the MSJMC and in healthcare, despite the reports of occasionally long waits at the Emergency Room.

In response the government says more doctors and nurses have been assigned to Emergency Room service since 2014; “however, critical emergencies can sometimes cause the surgeons and nurses to divert to life-threatening cases, as was the case recently.”

The government revealed that three emergency cases one night this past week involved patients suffering heart ailments.

It said the immediate intervention of the E.R. Doctors meant life or death.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. We need to start planning ahead for an aging Antigua population. We need to focus on building more hospital beds, hiring more doctors and nurses, and begin allowing more foreign trained/certified nurses into Antigua. We should allow more foreign trained doctors from Asia to live and work in Antigua as long as they pass all the exams and licensing requirements.

    We also need more technology and high-tech labs at all Antigua medical facilities, not just the hospital. Antigua should allow any licensed/certified nurse from the Philippines to immigrate, live and work in any of our Antigua and Barbuda medical facilities.

    If we do not start solving this problem now, then Antigua is going to have a huge problem in 5 years from now. Let’s use some CIP money to invest in our public health and hospital system.

  2. RAW STATISTICAL DATA IS MISLEADING WITHOUT RELATED SUPPORTING DATA.

    This is to easy people let’s look at some supporting facts to determine the increase:
    1 Never ending amnesty started in 2014.. Persons who were previously afraid to visit public hospital because of their ILLEGAL immigration status, are now comfortable to do so

    2 Has the birth rate increase? What is the ratio of infants verses adults?
    3 OECS free movement how many persons migrated from OECS to Antigua. Plenty at Purcell Security.
    4 How many persons migrated from CARICOM?
    5. How many persons migrated here from other countries?
    6 All the new viruses that affected us during that period like zeika, etc.
    7. Is there a decrease in visits to private hospitals, clinics, doctors etc?
    8 All the different health groups are advocating early detections this is a promotion to visit any doctor at first sign.
    9. Financial woes unemployment force people to seek free medical care.

    SO MUCH VARIABLES TO CONSIDER BEFORE SAYING THERE IS AN INCREASE. STOP AND THINK PEOPLE DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO APPEAL TO YOUR EMOTIONS.

    THIS IS HOW POLITICIANS MAKE MONEY THEY CREATE A PROBLEM THAT IS NOT THERE THEN TAKE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM THE PUBLIC PURSE TO FIX A PROBLEM THAT NEVER WAS.

    • Now, if you just get your ‘Moses’ to end the never-ending amnesty that is leading to this and many other problems in Antigua and Barbuda. Tackling the immigration problem will have to be done no matter what but the damage will remain with us forever.

  3. Anyone sees the stupidity of abandoning Holberton?
    Could and should have been used for emergency and outpatient services.
    No visions or anything old is cast aside?

  4. What aging population? This is a direct result of the uncontrolled immigration over the years. This will only get worse regardless of the efforts of everyone.

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