Security at PMH being reviewed after alleged incidents

Minister of Health Dr. Michael Darville said yesterday that officials are considering “beefing up” security at Princess Margaret Hospital after it was alleged that a 52-year-old man was found having sex with a 14-year-old girl at the hospital.

“For us, we take it very serious[ly],” Darville said at a weekly briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister.

“A team has gone to the pathogen unit to look to see if we could actually improve the toilet facilities. That is being done. The second thing we are doing is we’re looking at beefing up security.

“We’re looking at the various private contractors who are at the hospital and whether or not an audit needs to be done with the type of security individuals that are at the facility.”

Darville said health officials are “moving very swiftly” to determine whether there were any deficiencies in the unit where the pair were allegedly found.

He said they believe they can improve the facilities “and we’re going to do that”.

The incident involving the minor surfaced not long after a video, which depicted a man snorting a white substance at the hospital, went viral on social media.

Darville said that incident is also under investigation.

“In our security checks at the hospital, we focus on metal detection,” he said.

“We focus on individuals who may be bringing in a weapon that could put our staff at risk. But this issue of drugs coming onto the compound, if it is so, is something that we’re looking at as well.

“As you come through security, we look to see if you’re bringing in anything in there that could harm individuals, but it did create an additional eye-opener to determine what’s going on.”

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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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