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Pregnant women should be respected and treated decently


Pregnant women deserve all the care and attention necessary for them to successfully deliver a new life into the world. However the way women are treated in Antigua leaves much to be desired.

Private Gynecologists sometimes deal with patients like if they are handing cattle. They¬† are often unprofessional and do not observe common standards such as having a nurse present during examinations. Women must be aware that this should be done both to protect the woman patient as well as the doctor (especially if he is a male). Do not allow a Doctor to examine you unless the nurse is present. You should also walk with a family member or partner to the examination. They do not entertain questions and educate their patients well enough on what they are going through in the pregnancy. Instead they are preoccupied in collecting their doctor’s fees.

We must admit that Hoberton Hospital was more like Hellberton Hospital. Patients were treated in an inhumane manner mainly because of the lack of proper facilities. Pregnant women were not spared from these horrible conditions. Nurses did not respond immediately to the needs of these women. Young mothers who had just completed delivery by surgery were not allowed to have relatives assist them with the new born babies. This would not be so bad if the nurses were not watching the young and the restless as the mother called for assistance.

The bath and toilet facilities were delapedated and unsanitary. Beds were uncomfortable and privacy did not exist.

The new Mount St. John Medical Centre is a new facilty and much of the above infrastrucute issues have been resolved. Hopefully the human side has also been improved.

We need to improve our pre and anit natal care in Antigua. Our pregnant women are going thorugh a very important time in their lives and need all of our support in this important time.


June 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments



The authorities in Antigua and Barbuda have failed to handle the H1N1 pandemic in a serious way. As a result nobody really knows the true extent of cases here in Antigua.

Recently a team returned from Trinidad and Tobago and it was discovered that the nephew of one of the athletes became infected with the virus. The Ministry of Education refused to name the school or immediately shut down the school. As a result of this lack of information, other children who may have come into contact with the child may not be aware that they may have contracted the virus. Their parents could well have caught this virus from their children and then passed it on to other persons in society.

The authorities at the V.C. Bird International were never dealt with this situation proactively. Instead they waited until after a case was reported in Antigua to implement procedures which on paper were already in effect.

It seems as though the Authorities are gambling on the fact that the fatality rate is significantly lower than first anticipated. They must however remember that nobody knows what this virus can evolve into. We need to take more precautions and continue to educate the population on the spread of this virus.

June 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments