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JAMAICA | Sympathy and anger as distressed ship worker loses baby

  • Written by Calvin G Brown - wiredja.com
  • Published in local news
MONTEGO BAY, May 22, 2020- There has been wide expression of grief, anger and sympathy as Jamaican national, who was among the seafarers awaiting government permission to dock in Jamaica, got into distress and lost her unborn child.

The woman, who was said to be 11-weeks pregnant, was a worker on the Adventure of the Seas cruise ship. She is currently under supervision at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James.

The exact cause of the miscarriage could not be ascertained.

While the Adventure of the Seas was off the coast of Jamaica on Monday night an alarm was raised that there was a medical emergency on the ship. The crew member fell ill as the ship drifted east of Jamaica.

Hours before the emergency, the ship had cut its speed about 100 miles away from Falmouth as it awaited Government’s approval to enter Jamaica’s maritime space.

In an announcement, the captain told crew members that the ill worker would have to be airlifted but apparently, the helicopter never came, and the patient was removed to Cornwall Regional Hospital when the ship docked in Falmouth on Tuesday morning.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton addressed the issue of whether a request for help from the ship was denied.

“Once the request came in, the request was dealt with. I was never advised that there was any request and the request was denied,” Tufton said.

“I suspect it would be a matter of processing the request and following through, and a lot of events took place in that period which led to the person being given appropriate attention,” the minister said.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie indicated that there was information that there was a medical emergency before an official request was received by the ministry for medical evacuation.

“The time at which we received the information, the evaluation by both the persons on the ship, as well as the persons on land, the information that I have is that the condition of the person would allow for the ship to reach here safely,” Bisasor-McKenzie said.

It is therefore safe to conclude that as a result of this assessment, the helicopter was not sent to the vessel to evacuate the patient.

In the meantime, Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips has expressed his sympathies to crewmember, offering her emotional support during a time of heart-breaking loss.

Dr. Phillips went further to highlight the very real and traumatic experiences being faced by thousands of Jamaicans away from their homeland.

“This whole issue highlights once again, the potential for human tragedy that has been around this whole saga of the return of ship workers and the other Jamaicans who want to come home, but who are being prevented because of cumbersome bureaucratic arrangements.  I want to urge the authorities-every one- to remember that each of these Jamaicans has rights. While they battle to come home, they face risks to their health and their psychological and mental well-being.”

Opposition spokesman on Health, Dr. Morais Guy also offered his condolences and urged the government to act decisively in the interest of the welfare of its citizens.”

Last modified onSaturday, 23 May 2020 02:07
  • Countries: Jamaica