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Jun 15, 2016

Blackout Did Not Cause Any Death at K.H.M.H.

Adrian Coye

There was a sudden blackout on Monday night in Belize City, with power restored about fifteen minutes after. Any loss of power can range anywhere from a minor to a major inconvenience, but could it be much deadlier than that? A report reached our newsroom earlier today that during the blackout an elderly person who was on a ventilator died when that piece of equipment lost power. Now that’s disturbing and scary, but today K.H.M.H. C.E.O. Adrian Coye told News Five that it’s also untrue.


Adrian Coye, C.E.O., K.H.M.H.

“I have not heard of that report, I’ll say that first of all. I know that there was a complaint regarding the blackout but to say that it directly resulted in someone dying, I would have to refute that. Secondly we have a very well-maintained generator that is tested monthly and so that does come on when we have blackouts. The important thing about that is that when the generator comes on not every single location in the hospital will get current – only the critical areas – the ICUs, operating theatre, emergency room, etc. And then in each ward there are specific plugs that also provide electricity, so I am not really sure about what has happened here. We can investigate it of course. We take all of these complaints seriously so if that person who has expressed it externally let us know and then we can proceed in a much more detailed manner.”


Coye reiterated that there has been no formal complaint filed at the KHMH regarding any death during the blackout on Monday.

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