Man airlifted from Guantanamo Bay military base being treated at University Hospital
Doctors at the University Hospital of the West Indies are trying to save a Jamaican man who was brought there from the United States military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in critical condition.
Sources in the public health sector say the man was unable to move any of his limbs when he arrived in the island onboard an air ambulance and immediately rushed to the University Hospital early this morning.
It’s reported that by this afternoon doctors learnt that the man, who was employed to a Jamaican contractor at the US military base, developed a dental abscess.
It’s believed that he developed complications after attempts were made to drain the abscess.
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton told our news centre this afternoon that he was aware of the incident, but said he was still gathering information.
Despite this, he gave the assurance that doctors will do everything necessary to treat with any patient who requires medical care.
Meanwhile, there are reports that the incident has raised concerns among local health officials.
The concerns stem from claims that Jamaican authorities were not officially notified of the man’s pending arrival and that doctors at the University Hospital got no medical data indicating how he sustained his injuries.
According to sources in the public health sector, attempts to get information from the United States Embassy in Kingston were unsuccessful.
One local health official suggested that the Jamaican government put measures in place to ensure that a similar incident is not repeated.