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Have we forgotten how to be caring?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Last Saturday morning I received a phone call from my fiance, employed at The UWI, St Augustine campus, that he was feeling unwell and was being taken to the Health Services Unit (HSU) located on campus. Subsequently, I received a call from his co-worker, a Teaching Assistant, that I should come at once. Since my fiance is not one to get sick, I was naturally very worried and scared. When I arrived at HSU, the nurses were almost finished tending to him.

Just as a precaution, I took him to Mt Hope General Hospital for further tests to be conducted.

Now, knowing the bad rap that Mt Hope usually gets, I was actually quite pleased with his treatment.

According to my fiance, they were quite thorough and he had no complaints.

I want to thank the nurses at HSU, as well as the Teaching Assistant, and fellow co-workers who also helped him. I also wish to thank the doctors and nurses at Mt Hope, as well as the security guard on duty at the emergency treatment department for good service.

When my fiance recounted the details of what happened to him, he said that he had experienced a sharp, crippling pain in his abdomen, to the point where he ended up on the floor inside the bakery on campus.

He said the staff just looked on, and only one passer-by out of many asked him if he was okay. Soon enough, a campus security guard was alerted, and when asked for her to contact HSU, she did not know the number, but alerted another guard who was able to assist.

Now I am grateful that my fiance received some form of help, but what if the situation was more serious? Firstly, do people see regular human beings on the ground reeling in pain everyday? Is this even normal?

I was quite upset and disturbed by this, but my fiance made excuses that people may have interpreted it as a joke, or were even clueless as to how to respond.

Yes, I agree that we are all human and can become confused when called upon to act in such unexpected situations, but at the end of the day we should all still make an effort to help.

What if it was someone you cared about suddenly fell ill in public.

Wouldn’t you want someone to quickly help? Also, shouldn’t the security guards and staff of any institution be educated about what to do in an emergency, or at least know the emergency numbers?

People, let’s be a more caring society. Let’s not wait till something bad happens, because by then, it may just be too late.



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