Pregnant mothers admitted to the maternity ward at the Suddie Public Hospital in Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) are forced to share beds due to shortage of beds there. The matter was raised by People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) RDC councillor and Chairman of the Health and Sanitation Committee, Arnold Adams.
According to Adams, he was shocked when he visited the maternity ward and noticed two mothers on one bed.
PPPC councillor Arnold Adams
The councillor said when he enquired what was going on, the mothers said they were told by nurses to share beds because of the bed shortage. Adams said the discomfort of the mothers were obvious and proceeded to enquire of the Matron the reason for sharing of beds.
The Matron told Adams there is currently a shortage of beds at the hospital but she has already made requests for more beds from the Public Health Ministry.
Adams said the situation is quiet disquieting and as such the RDC must do something about the issue. During his address to fellow councillors, he described the beds as narrow in width, saying he cannot figure how two pregnant women can fit on one. He also reported that alarmingly mothers who have delivered are forced to rest their babies on same bed also.
Having heard of such, Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt was quiet disturbed at such occurrence. He said it is unacceptable and he will be writing Minister of Public Health George Norton on the matter.