Opposition Leader says cremated baby issue highlights greater problem in health sector
Tonight, the family of Aaron Allen Jr, the infant who was mistakenly cremated, say they are yet to receive an explanation from the authorities. Five days ago, 21-year-old Nahomy Guerrero and Aaron Allen learned their recently deceased baby boy’s body was handed over to the wrong funeral home and cremated. Today, our newsroom spoke to Guerrero via telephone, and she says that the hospital’s management is yet to explain what transpired and led to the tragic incident. The grieving mother also stated that the family is requesting that the procedures at the hospital’s morgue be strengthened to prevent a similar occurrence. And joining, Guerrero in her call is Leader of the Opposition Moses “Shyne’ Barrow, who says that in his opinion, the issue highlights greater problems within the public health sector.
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “There is no doubt that our public health system is in crisis. It has been that way certainly since this government took the reins. It has not always been perfect, so I’m not going to pretend as if the last administration was a perfect administration. But what we do expect is that things will improve with the incoming administrations and it has gotten worse. And so my deepest sympathies to the family of that child that was mistakenly cremated, it’s one thing to lose your child and then next to not even be able to bury your child, heaven forbid, any of us should have to go through that type of double tragedy. But this is why the 90 million borrowed from the Saudis should have been put into strengthening the health infrastructure as far as the human resources, as far as making sure that operationally, technically, everything would be improved, would be made better by necessary investments that are not being made right now. I don’t have all the details as to exactly what went wrong but when public health facilities are underfunded and again there’s not even bandages to treat wounds, then you can see why people are falling short and something like that would happen because the healthcare system, the public healthcare system is in crisis.”
Notably, the KHMH’s Board of Directors nor its CEO have provided any media interviews on the tragic incidents.