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Negligence of medical staff to Jalisa McGowan

Published:Thursday | March 11, 2021 | 12:10 AM
Photo of Jalisa McGowan, a 17-year-old girl who died at Andrews Memorial Hospital after medical personnel at the University Hospital of the West Indies reportedly refused to offer help during an asthma attack.
Photo of Jalisa McGowan, a 17-year-old girl who died at Andrews Memorial Hospital after medical personnel at the University Hospital of the West Indies reportedly refused to offer help during an asthma attack.

THE EDITOR, Madam:

I was grief-stricken hearing a mother lament the death of her daughter, Jalisa McGowan, all because healthcare workers failed to attend to her needs to be supplied with oxygen. The acts of the healthcare workers were unsympathetic towards the dying 17-year-old female.

The University Hospital of West Indies Hospital had announced that patients should call before coming to the facility, but this is not applicable to emergencies.

The poor mother had to be begging to get a little attention for her dying daughter which had fallen on deaf ear. For many years, this has been the experience of many in Jamaica’s hospitals. Medical staff treat top-class patients like VIPs and the poorer folk like animals.

I hope that outrage over the apparent negligence of medical staff towards Jalisa McGowan will spur change not only at the University Hospital of West Indies but across all hospitals in Jamaica.

KRISTA WAYSOME