Prank calls to Grenada’s main hospital are affecting the quality of health care to genuine sufferers.
Grenada's acting Medical Director Dr Tyhiesia Donald has called for an end to the number of prank calls being made to the Accident and Emergency Department of the General Hospital, saying they are affecting the health care service.
“I can confirm that we have had these pranks calls and it's actually very sad that this is happening in the midst of the pandemic with the number of cases that we have and persons seeking medical care,” Donald said, adding that hospital operations are already affected because of numerous coronavirus diagnoses among medical staff, including doctors.
Grenada began its second wave of an upsurge in COVID-19 active cases a month ago and Donald shared that by 19 January, 16 doctors, 32 nurses, and other auxiliary staff within the public health care system have been infected with the virus.
Pleading with the public to end making such calls, Donald said when an ambulance is deployed, people's lives are at stake because they are being deprived of urgent care.
“So, I will really like to ask the public to work with us, please work with us. If you do a prank call and there is someone, a family member who actually needs to have that ambulance call, what could have happened is that the resources would have been deployed to an area where it is not needed,” she said.
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