Number of children seeking respiratory care at Spanish Town Hospital quadruples over last two months
With cases of respiratory illnesses in children rising across the island, Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, is urging parents to be extra vigilant in protecting their children.
The minister’s call came following a visit to the Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine on Wednesday, where he saw, first-hand, a high number of children admitted to the healthcare facility.
Dr. Tufton noted that while government is working to address the significant overcrowding at the various wards, parents must do what they can to prevent illness.
Dr. Tufton pointed out that the upcoming US$55 million, investment in the institution, will make things much better in terms of space and equipment.
Meantime, Senior Medical Officer at the Spanish Town Hospital, Dr. Jacqueline Wright-James, says the number of children seeking care for respiratory problems, has more than quadrupled over the last two months.
Speaking during a tour of the hospital with Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton on Wednesday, she said admissions surged to almost 200 last month.
The SMO said increased operating hours and the ability to divert patients to the university hospital of the west indies, should provide some relief soon.
She urged parents to follow basic hygiene guidelines to keep their children healthy.