Report highlights issues at Abaco clinics

Clinics on Abaco are plagued with an array of problems, including generator issues and difficultly getting medication, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, according to a report by the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The document, which is dated November 22, 2019, provides an update on the state of areas affected by Dorian nearly three months after the storm.

It highlights problems in six settlements in Abaco.

According to the report, modular clinics have been offered to residents in Hope Town.

However, it noted that the “community has no interest in modular facility as they have secured a place for a year”.

It continued, “Concerns with nurse provider threatening to resign for modular clinic is placed in the community.”

As a resolution, the document noted, “Clinic providers to be advised that all concerns should be addressed to MOH leadership before expressing concerns with EMTs or anyone else.”

The ministry observed that it was  “difficult getting meds” in Man-o-War Cay, according to the report.

It said that prescriptions are being filled at shelters in New Providence and returned on Tuesday or Thursday.

The report noted that the “challenge [is] currently under discussion to be simplified to see if meds can be delivered from MH (Marsh Harbour) instead of from Nassau”.

According to the document, there are “issues” with the clinic’s generator on Moore’s Island.

“Backup power is available but the generator needs servicing,” it said.

The report added, “E-mail sent for procurement of generator for all of the islands. Approval given for all generators in the Abacos to be assessed and serviced.”

The report also notes that, as residents return to Marsh Harbour, there are more injuries occurring as a result of “people repairing roofs and falling”.

Dorian decimated parts of Abaco and Grand Bahama in early September.

The Category 5 storm caused more than $64 million in damage to the health sector, according to a recent report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

However, last month, Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands said Dorian resulted in nearly $100 million in damage to the Ministry of Health’s facilities on Abaco and Grand Bahama.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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