SERHA Admits to Complete Breakdown in System of Handling Babies’ Bodies

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The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) says it’s clear the entire system of dealing with the bodies of babies at both the Kingston Public Hospital and the neighbouring Victoria Jubilee Hospital, has been in a state of disrepair for years.

In May, SERHA launched a probe into the improper disposal of the bodies of two babies, that were found outside the compound of the Kingston Public Hospital.

Chairman of SERHA, Phillip Armstrong, says a report on the probe is 95-percent ready and should be submitted to Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, by next week.

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He says the report will address, among other things, the retrieval, storage, transportation and disposal of bodies from both hospitals.

Mr. Armstrong says the report will also make recommendations on policies and procedures relating to those matters.

The SERHA Chairman says the aim is to ensure that those procedures function properly.

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Phillip Armstrong says the three employees who were indicted as a result of the probe, are to face a hearing later this month.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.