Sunday 29 November, 2020

Premier McLaughlin flies to Bahamas with donated medical supplies

Premier Alden McLaughlin yesterday travelled on a Cayman Airways flight to The Bahamas, on a flight carrying medical supplies donated by three local hospitals.

The donations came from HSA, CTMH Doctors Hospital and Health City. As it pertains to the CTMH Doctors Hospital, their donation included 1,078 pounds of medication and medical supplies valued at about KYD $50,000. The medical caches, which contain everything from first-aid suppliers to vital medications for chronic diseases and allergic reactions, were developed with experts to save lives.

“It is so great to stand united with our healthcare system and provide relief to our fellow islanders,” Dr Patrick Auman, Hospital Administrator shared.

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The local hospitals banded together to donate towards the Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Relief efforts. Hurricane Dorian hit the islands on September 1 as a Category 5 Hurricane, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record to hit land, packing top sustained winds of 185 mph.

Dorian's death toll currently stands at 50, but more than 1,000 people are still missing. More than 75,000 people have been affected and an estimated 15,000 people are in need of humanitarian aid.

Response efforts have been complicated by the lack of essential infrastructure and telecommunications. The loss of power is ongoing but slowly being restored with cellular connectivity and Emergency Operation Centers across both islands. Immediate needs including medical treatment, healthcare supplies, food, security, water and evacuation continue to be top priorities for the Bahamian government and response agencies.

Officials have erected large tents in Nassau to house those made homeless by Dorian, while tent cities on the Abaco islands shelter up to 4,000 people. 

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