THE rainy season is being blamed for the current overcrowding of the San Fernando General Hospital.
Anil Gosine, chief executive officer for the South West Regional Health Authority, yesterday said the overcrowding was not a major issue.
However, Bernard Joseph told the Express his aunt, Sooganie Rampersad, 54, has been waiting on a wheelchair since being admitted to the hospital on Thursday shortly after 9 a.m.
She was transferred from the Siparia District Health Facility to the hospital after experiencing chest pains.
Up to late yesterday evening, Rampersad who is also diabetic, was still awaiting a bed, along with several other patients.
Gosine said because of the rainy season, many patients were seeking health care for influenza, dengue haemorrhagic fever and the H1N1 virus.
He said, the hospital was trying to deal with the issue as best as it could and patients were offered the option of being transferred to the Point Fortin Area Hospital, where beds were available.
That hospital has 40 bed for medical patients and almost 15 beds are usually available.
However, Gosine said patients preferred to wait for a bed at the San Fernando General Hospital.
The San Fernando Teaching Hospital, located next to the city’s main hospital, is expected to solve the common overcrowding problem by accommodating at least 200 more beds.
That hospital is expected to be officially opened in two months.