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Wards to be released from hospital after medicine overdose

Published: Monday December 31, 2012 | 1:35 pm with audio | Comments 0
Commissioner of Corrections Colonel Sean Prendergast -file photo.
Commissioner of Corrections Colonel Sean Prendergast -file photo.
Minister of National Security Peter Bunting - file photo.
Minister of National Security Peter Bunting - file photo.

Minister of National Security Peter Bunting says the wards of the state who took an overdose of antidepressants will be placed under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Wendel Abel when they are released from hospital.

The three girls were hospitalised on Saturday, after what has been described as a suicide attempt at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in Kingston.

The incident comes more than a month after 16-year-old Vanessa Wint committed suicide at the same facility.

Bunting said arrangements will also be made to provide psychiatric care for other wards of the state who have psychological and or severe behavioural problems.

He noted that it is a challenge for the correctional system to deal with wards with serious mental problems due to inadequate human resources.

Meanwhile, he said the South Camp Road Rehabilitation Centre to which juveniles found to be in conflict with the law are to be sent, is expected to be completed next year.

Bunting said his ministry is hoping to get allocation in a supplementary budget to expedite the retrofitting of that facility.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Corrections Colonel Sean Prendergast says the wards are expected to be released from the Kingston Public Hospital later today.

He said tests are being done to determine exactly the type of tablets which were taken and how many.

Colonel Prendergast has also confirmed that the wards will be sent to the University Hospital of the West Indies for psychiatric treatment.

He said an investigation is also underway to determine how the girls got more than the prescribed dosage of medication.

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