[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Ministry of Public Health has promised an investigation into the circumstances surrounding a broken syringe needle left inside the buttocks of 11-month-old Ethan Garnett.
iNews understands that the infant was taken to Fort Wellington Hospital recently after developing a fever and while the nurse was giving him an injection, the needle broke.
The infant’s father, Carlos Garnett of Lot 07 Number 23 Village, West Coast Berbice said that it was his mother-in-law and sister who took the baby to the hospital when they observed that the needle was missing when the syringe was extracted.
Upon questioning the nurse about the missing needle, they were informed that it fell to the ground and after some hesitation, the nurse called a doctor who then referred the infant to the New Amsterdam Hospital to have an X-ray done.
The X-ray revealed that the needle was inside his buttocks and the baby was then transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. According to reports, another X-ray was done at the GPHC, after which the father was advised to take the child home and return two days later.
The family however decided to visit a private hospital, where they were informed that if the needle is removed, it can result in further injury.
Minister of Public Health, Dr George Norton has since promised to investigate the incident, noting that nurses will be placed under more supervision.