UPDATE: Bustamante Fire


Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye says the authorities at the Bustamante Hospital for Children are now meeting to decide if they’ll need to transfer four patients to the University Hospital of the West Indies.

An AC unit in the consultant’s office inside the Intensive Care Unit, ICU, caught fire last light, forcing the area to be evacuated.

Dr. De La Haye says the four patients, ranging between 2-days-old and 3-years-old, are now in the ICU’s recovery room, which is preventing surgeries from being done.

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Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton says there’s no major damage to the area.

He says the fire brigade will be carrying out an assessment.

Dr. Tufton says clean-up began last night, and he expects the ICU will return to operational normality in the next couple of days. He says the Ministry will be providing funds for the repairs.


In 2018, Tauna won the UNICEF Media Award for Excellence in Reporting on Children’s Rights. She graduated from CARIMAC in 2015 and joined NNN in 2016. Since then, she’s covered several high-profile court cases including the X6 murder trial, the police death squad trial and is currently covering the Uchence Wilson Gang trial. Thomas is the Producer of Talking History heard on Nationwide Radio every Saturday.