Darville’s death should bring about healthcare reform

Dear Editor,

Before I start, I extend condolences to the family of the late Kenise Darville. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Know that the God of the Bible is sovereign and that justice will prevail.

Darville’s death appears to have been avoidable, which makes this case all the more frustrating.

The culture of death has so saturated New Providence that it appears human life has very little value, even at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).

Darville bemoaned the sobering fact that she was unable to afford the medical services at Doctors Hospital.

This information reinforces the narrative that The Bahamas has developed a Black Hindu caste system in the post-Majority Rule era.

Before January 10, 1967, the colony was saddled with a White caste system.

The only people in The Bahamas who have access to first-class healthcare are the well-to-do and politically connected.

The underprivileged class has to put up with a broken and substandard healthcare system provided by the state that even our elected officials in Parliament do not use.

Many of them seek medical attention at private clinics or abroad.

What’s more, it would appear that many Bahamians are venturing into the medical field. For some, it appears the main purpose of earning a six or seven-figure income is not about saving lives. 

Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Michael Darville’s calls for an investigation will not resurrect Kenise Darville.

When she posted her Facebook video earlier in the month, immediate action should’ve been taken to save her life. But it appeared that any response to her case was nonchalant at best from PMH medical providers.

Hopefully, the Darville family gets some semblance of justice. But knowing how inefficient our systems are, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Hopefully, her death will serve as a catalyst to bring about reform in the healthcare system.

If it is determined that PMH medical providers were negligent in her case, they should be terminated and hauled before the courts.

All Bahamian doctors must understand that their patients are human beings and not things.

Kevin Evans

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