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JAMAICA | Sharp reduction in gunshot cases at MoBay's Cornwall Regional Hospital

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Clinical Coordinator at Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay Dr. Delroy Fray Clinical Coordinator at Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay Dr. Delroy Fray
MONTEGO BAY, January 31, 2018 -  The Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James is reporting a reduction in gunshot cases since the State of Emergency was declared in St. James on January 18.

Clinical Coordinator at the hospital, Dr. Delroy Fray,  told Radio Jamaica in an interview that the decline in gunshot cases seen by the hospital has been significant.

There were 35 cases of gunshot wounds treated at the hospital during the month of December, and from January 1-17, the day before the State of Emergency was declared, there had been 21 cases, Dr. Fray said.

Cornwall RegionalHe said since the imposition of the State of Emergency, which was declared on the 18th, there have six cases of gunshot wounds, all related to a single incident.

"We're happy to look after people with genuine problems; we don't like the unnecessary injuries because it depletes our resources and it's time consuming (but) we're happy with what we're seeing here," he said.

Staff morale at the hospital had significantly improved as a result of the reduction in gunshot cases, he added.

 Dr, Fray however lamented the high number of patients going to the hospital because of motor vehicle crashes.
 
"I don't have the data for that, but when I walk through the A&E and look at the ward it's motor vehicle accident cases that we're getting now...and if we are able to drop it like the gunshot wounds, then in spite of our limitations, we should be doing very well," Dr. Fray declared optimistically. 
 
Twenty-eight persons have been killed in road crashes since the start of this year.
 
However, road fatalities have decreased by three per cent when compared with the similar period in 2017. 
Last modified onWednesday, 31 January 2018 23:59
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