Grand Bahama’s and Abaco’s healthcare system was devastated by Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane Dorian devastated the islands of Grand Bahama, Abaco, and their surrounding Cays, taking lives, destroying homes and business, devastating infrastructure and displacing residents. The storm has severely disrupted the delivery of healthcare to the more than 70,000 residents of the Northern Bahamas.
The local healthcare system, Grand Bahama Health Services, is comprised of an acute care hospital (i.e. Rand Memorial Hospital) located in the city of Freeport and ten (10) community clinics – eight (8) on Grand Bahama and satellite clinics on neighboring Grand Cay and Sweetings Cay respectively, all of which were devastated by Hurricane Dorian.
Flood damage has made much of the hospital non-operational
With immediate remediation of flood damage completed, a few clinical and administrative areas of the Rand Memorial Hospital are now operational. The hospital will require continuing restoration efforts as all hospital systems, infrastructure, and major hospital equipment has been impacted by the flooding associated with Hurricane Dorian.
Critical healthcare services are now provided by a field hospital
Our international aid partner, Samaritan’s Purse, has set up a field hospital adjacent to the Rand Hospital and is providing a full spectrum of in-hospital services to residents. This has allowed for the provision of critical healthcare services while the Rand is largely unusable, as the building sustained 3-4 feet of interior flooding during the Hurricane.
Two clinics on Grand Bahama no longer exist
Tragically for the residents of these Grand Bahama communities, Pelican Point and High Rock clinics were destroyed; and McClean’s Town Clinic sustained significant roof damage requiring weeks of repairs.
The healthcare system of Grand Bahama is in a desperate state. Won’t you please help?
More than five weeks since Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, the complexities of the storm and the recovery are in some ways just beginning to reveal themselves. But scientists also say the long game for the Bahamas is very...
www.RebuildOurHospitals.org is the only fund raising program exclusively dedicated to helping The Public Hospitals Authority of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas to restore healthcare facilities to those devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Right now, flood damage has...
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