Alarmed at num­ber of new­born deaths at GPHC

Stabroek News - - LETTERS -

Dear Editor, I, like the rest of Guyana I hope, am alarmed by the num­ber of new­born deaths at the Ge­orge­town Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Cor­po­ra­tion (GHPC) for the year 2107 and the past decade, as re­ported in your news­pa­per of 13th July 2018 ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled “119 new­born deaths in last year at GPHC”.

More alarm­ing, the Min­istry of Pub­lic Health seems to have not done any anal­y­sis of the statis­tics. Even if we were to ac­cept the Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Health’s con­tention that the hos­pi­tal re­ceives the sick­est of the in­fants in Guyana (which is not an ac­cept­able ar­gu­ment or anal­y­sis) the ques­tion re­mains what is caus­ing the ba­bies to be sick in the first in­stance? With­out the proper anal­y­sis, how is the Min­istry ad­dress­ing the is­sue? I think pub­lic re­spon­si­bil­ity and ac­count­abil­ity re­quires that the MoPH com­pletes and presents to the pub­lic the find­ings of a com­plete anal­y­sis. Since we seem to like Com­mis­sions of In­quiry, let us have one on new­born deaths.

It is of­ten said that a so­ci­ety can be judged on how it treats its el­derly and in­fants. We are ob­vi­ously not do­ing very well. Yours faith­fully, (Name and ad­dress sup­plied)

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