Contrary to reports that there has been an alarming increase in the number of children being treated for diarrhoea and vomiting at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) in Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) over the past week, Chairman of the Board of the medical institution, Mortimer Mingo has stated that there has not been an outbreak.
Officials at the medical institution have indicated that the numbers of infected persons were not alarming. Mingo asserted that the Hospital was equipped with the required drugs to treat such cases.
“It was reported to me that…we have seen an increase in the number of babies, mostly infants, coming in with diarrhoea and vomiting. We do not consider the amount of people we’ve seen – that it has reached any epidemic stage,” he said.
Mingo added that while the institution was currently unaware of the source of the illness, LHC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Farouk Riyasat; paediatricians; the hospital’s Medical Superintendent, Dr Steve Mark; staff and the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) are on top of the situation.
He also revealed that many of the patients who were admitted to the Hospital in connection with the symptoms have since been discharged.
In light of the reports, Region 10 Chairman Renis Morian visited the hospital on Monday and met with officials there in an effort to get a first-hand look at the situation.