The May Pen Hospital, in Clarendon, is accepting only emergency cases as it’s overcrowded, and has run out of some critical medical supplies.

Hospitals in Manchester and St. Elizabeth are grappling with a similar problem.

Chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority, Michael Stewart, says May Pen has reached its patient capacity.

He says critical medical supplies have also been depleted.

Mr. Stewart says they’re taking steps to reduce the hospital’s patient load by transferring some patients to the Lionel Town Hospital in the parish.

Mr. Stewart says a similar challenge is also being experienced in Manchester and St. Elizabeth.

He says the Ministry of Health is aware of the situation and has come on board to help.