Several sections and wards of the Georgetown Hospital were left in the dark this morning following an internal electricity supply problem.
The problem was triggered by the failure of a power breaker in the main power control room at the Georgetown Hospital. Because of the nature of the problem and the seriousness, the generator system could not be turned on immediately.
Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital, George Lewis, explained to News Source that all essential services were still being carried out. He said the operating theater and some other important parts of the hospital were not affected. Some other services were transferred to the nearby Cancer Institute during the power outage.
“For those essential services that were affected, we made alternative arrangements. CT Scans, X-rays, Ultra Sounds are currently being done at the cancer institute, so patients who need to receive those services will receive them. Some areas were not affected, like the theater because they are powered by alternative power and UPS back up systems”, the CEO said.
He also told News Source that as a precautionary measure, the Fire Service and the Guyana Power Company were called in as workmen carried out repairs to the electrical system.
Mr. Lewis said he spoke and held discussions with patients to explain the nature of the problem and seek their patience over the problem.
“It was not a planned activity. It’s the kind of thing that you don’t know when its going to happen, but somethings do happen”.
During the visit to the Hospital by News Source, persons seeking medical help did not appear too bothered by the power problems as they were seen by doctors and other medical staff.
Nurses and other staff members were seen pulling aside curtains in some areas, to allow some sunlight in.