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Medical officials alarmed after J'can man at US military base airlifted to Kingston in critical state

Published:Sunday | March 27, 2016 | 3:40 AM

Local health officials are concerned about the state in which a Jamaican man working at the United States military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba was transferred to Kingston for emergency medical care. 

Heightening the concerns of health officials is the lack of response by US Embassy officials in Kingston to request for information to guide them on the course of treatment of the injured man who is said to be in critical condition at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Reports are that the man, who was employed to a Jamaican contractor at the US military base, developed a dental abscess and sustained complications after attempts were made to drain it.

The Gleaner-Power 106 news centre understands that no medical data on the sick man was supplied at the time of transfer, nor were local health officials notified prior to his arrival.

According to sources in the public health sector here, attempts to get assistance from the United States Embassy have been unsuccessful.

As a result, one local health official has suggested that the Jamaican government put measures in place to ensure that a similar incident is not repeated.