Health Minister Wants Gov't To Prioritize Medical Evacuations

In light of the tragic passing of Bakimba George, 28, of the Valley, Virgin Gorda following a boating accident on Anegada, Minister of Health and Social Development, Hon. Vincent Wheately said that medical evacuations. must be prioritized.

"I want to extend sincere condolences to the families who have lost loved ones recently, particularly the young man from Virgin Gorda who lost his life in the Anegada waters last evening. It is indeed very tragic and one of the challenges that we must prioritize immediately, that is, medical evacuation from the remote areas of the BVI, whether Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, or Virgin Gorda," Hon. Wheately stated during the opening of the Fifth House of Assmebly on Wednesday May 24

Officers of the RVIPF Marine Branch are said to be gathering the needed details to determine the cause of a boating accident. According to police, initial investigations indicate that about 6:30pm Wednesday evening a male captain and the deceased were leaving the dock in Anegada on a 17-foot speedboat when the boat collided into the dock.

Both occupants were thrown forward and sustained injuries to their upper bodies. The men were transported to the Dr. D. O. Smith Hospital, however George subsequently died of his injuries. The captain was treated and released.

Hon. Wheatley explained that the Ministry of Health and Social Development is currently conducting an assessment of the Primary Health Care System to strengthen and improve the delivery of health care in the Territory.

He explained that that the Ministry has partnered with the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) who are currently in the Territory holding several meetings with a wide range of stakeholders from the public and private healthcare sectors and voluntary and community groups involved in and impacted by primary healthcare.

"Madam Speaker, I had the opportunity to meet with the representatives of the UKHSA on Monday where I was able to advocate for special consideration to be given to Sister Islands and their specific challenges, and to ensure that Primary Health Care Services meet the needs of people across the entire Territory," Hon. Wheatley stated.

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