Regional health authorities in Region Five (Demerara-Berbice) are probing allegations that the unavailability of medical staff at the Moraikobai Health Centre, as well as the unavailability of the regional health boat led to the death of a three-year-old girl who fell from a building.
Relatives of the three-year-old, who was only identified by her last name Jacobus, said that on December 31, 2015, she fell from a resource centre located in the Moraikobai community.
The child was at the time on the top floor of the building, along with other children, making a cell phone call and was not paying attention when she slipped and fell from the building.
INews understands that the child was rushed to the Community’s Health Centre but there was no medical staff available to provide assistance. The parents, when alerted, tried to access the Government’s health boat to transport the child to the Mahaicony Hospital as the second option, but that too was unavailable.
They had to seek private transportation four hours after the accident which resulted in the child’s death while on her way out, in the Mahaicony River.
Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal met with the dead child’s father and was informed that no medical personnel was at the health centre at the time of the incident. An investigation has been launched into the incident.