Angry mothers protest Ministry of Health for justice

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By Jomo Paul

 

Some of the Protesting mothers
Some of the protesting mothers

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The mothers and family members of two toddlers who died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) as a result of some form of alleged “negligence” on the part of the Hospital on Monday April 13 coordinated a small protest in front of the Ministry of Health as they sought to get justice for their deceased loved ones.

The protesting mothers included Nathalie Caseley, the mother of four year old Jaden Mars who died in 2013 and AltiaBenons – the mother of three-year-old Akeela Benons who died at the GPHC after she was admitted on Republic Day – February 23, 2015.

Three-year-old Benons, who resided with her aunt, Anica Tyson was rushed to the GPHC after family members noticed that she was suffering from a fever.

The aunt explained to iNews that the child was administered with a dose of valium and there after her condition began to deteriorate.

Valium is used to treat anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal symptoms, or muscle spasms and also used with other medications to treat seizures.

Akeela Benons
Akeela Benons

Tyson told iNews that her niece began to complain about stomach aches and began to be afflicted by several bouts of seizures.

She explained that it was later revealed that the child had died as a result of a cerebral abscess coupled with pneumonia but, Tyson is adamant that the toddler was not affected by pneumonia.

Meanwhile, Caseley noted that it has been 14 months since her son died and to date the hospital has not given her any definitive answers with respect to who is responsible and who will be reprimanded.
“I have filed legal documents, I have a court case and I know I will get justice. Justice maybe slow but I will get it,” said Caseley.

The women are hoping that the medical professionals responsible for the death of their children are brought to justice.

Only recently 4-month-old Kevon Critchlow died after he was allegedly administered with a wrong injection while doing a routine check-up at the Plaisance Health Centre.

 

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