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Dawes' return a shot in the arm

Published:Friday | April 1, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Congratulations are in order for the newly appointed senior medical officer at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital, Dr Alfred Dawes, whose expose on the resource shortage in the health sector, as well as how appointments were being handled, has brought hope to persons who have no choice but to utilise the public-health system.

We need not shun or blacklist persons who highlight problems, especially those that are critical to the sustenance of citizens' health and well-being. Dr Dawes had received a lashing, in some quarters, for speaking openly about the poor health conditions that existed, conditions that patients and health providers were submitted to daily. Too often, it is uttered that only certain social classes have to endure the unsuitable conditions offered at these facilities. Such persons are citizens and they, too, deserve access to excellent health care.

Let us all form part of the process of discussion and problem solving. Like Dr Dawes, who had quit his job and gone to work in the Bahamas for a few months, we all have a part to play.