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Jun 18, 2020

Accident & Emergency Wing of the Western Regional Hospital Flooded

Javier Zuniga

The Accident and Emergency Wing of the Western Regional Hospital was also flooded today in the capital. This morning, images surfaced on social media of water flushing through that portion of the hospital. Regional Health Manager, Doctor Javier Zuniga told News Five that an overflowing drainage system to the rear of the building spilled in through the backdoor to the A and E.  Doctor Zuniga says that the maintenance crew was called in and the issue rectified.


Dr. Javier Zuniga, Regional Manager, Western Health Region

“Due to the amount of water that fell last night, the drainage system behind the A&E could not handle the amount of water. And this is because we just put a flu clinic at the back and this increased the amount of water that fell into the drainage system and so the water basically went through the backdoor of the A&E and flooded the A&E. This of course no one would have predicted because it is a lot of rain, it is a lot of water. So what we have done to mitigate the problem is build another drainage system, a bigger drainage system, that can flush out the water as quickly as possible. So water would not go into the A&E anymore. It wasn’t that there is leakage all over the place. We had done some repairs a long time ago for this same reason so that whenever we get to the rainy season, we are prepared for leakages. So the roof has been repaired as well. So it shouldn’t have been an issue.  As management, I am a little disappointed in the immaturity that our staff displayed in posting videos and photos on social media without knowing the root cause of the problem is. We do hope that this behaviour changes because it looks negatively on them and the rest of the staff.”

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