Thursday 1 October, 2020

Some Barbados facilities evacuated as Tropical Storm Dorian approaches

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has assured all that Barbados' lone tertiary care health facility on the island - the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) - is prepared for the approach of Tropical Storm Dorian.

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She told the media in an urgent press conference ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian that "The hospital has all of its systems in place. The generators are functioning and instructed. The water tanks are fully functional with three additional bladders. The water tanks, they have  50 000 gallon water tank that is full." 

Speaking to the three additional bladders which were imported, she said "[They] are in the [Bridgetown] Port. We are making arrangements to get each of those out because each of those would hold an additional 9000 gallons."

Elderly evacuated

As a precaution, some of the district hospitals, however, have been evacuated.

Prime Minister Mottley said that as of Sunday afternoon, "The St. Lucy District Hospital is being evacuated" and persons were transferred to the Gordon Cummins Hospital and the Geriatric Hospital. The other place that was evacuated at the same time was the Elaine Scantlebury Centre and those persons were taken to the Psychiatric Hospital.

"At this stage, there is no need to evacuate the people from the Geriatric Hospital or other facilities, but we are also on standby should circumstances change."

The Acting Attorney General is Wilfred Abrahams and he was working with the Prime Minister and the court to see what measures need to be fast-tracked to make necessary moves possible. 

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