Hours after an overloaded transformer tripped, causing a power outage at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), the operation of the medical institution is returning to normalcy.
This, however, was not before pandemonium broke out among patients, some of whom were unable to access medical attention because of the power outage.
Many complained as they feared that they would not have been afforded the free medical services offered at the institution on a daily basis.
A number of departments, particularly the laboratory were affected, an official shared with this news agency. The official was, however, unable to divulge whether the institution has in place backup generators to counter such developments.
Nevertheless, a senior health functionary divulged that the hospital did have in place a contingency plan in the event that the operation had to be further stalled. “Yes this would mean we would have to pay other institutions to administer the medical services to patients if we couldn’t, but things have been returning to normalcy,” the official assured.
Helping to address the unfortunate development up to early this afternoon were technicians from the Guyana Power and Light Inc. and firefighters were also on site as a precautionary measure, this publication was told.