Guyana: Hospital Fire

The entire psychiatric ward of the Georgetown Public Hospital was gutted by fire early yesterday morning. The blogging team at Living Guyana has been chronicling the story…

Their first post confirmed that the Observation Ward was indeed engulfed in flames:

Georgetown's best and ill equipped firefighters were apparently able to contain the blaze before it could spread beyond the aged building. The Observation Ward has been in the news quite recently with the death of a female patient making the headlines.

Photos were added soon after and the blog was also quick to post an official statement from Guyana's Minister of Health, as well as a press release from the Hospital.

After the flames were quelled, Living Guyana posted more photos of the smouldering wooden building, while another blogger, Guyana Providence Stadium, began speculating on whether there could be some sort of political connection to the blaze:

Buildings mysteriously burn down whenever there are allegations of corruption against the Government. Could this have something to do with the Auditor General's report and the clandestine purchase of drugs for Public Hospital?

Living Guyana, tongue firmly in cheek, goes with the flow and draws political parallels between the inmates of the hospital's psychiatric ward and “the other mentally challenged patients over at the other Observation Ward euphemistically titled ‘Cabinet'”:

It is understood that the current batch of inmates intend to assume control of the other observation ward. Living Guyana does not expect a substantial shift in government policy and from all indications there will be a smooth transition. In fact, word on the street is that they may even do a better job than the current crop of schizophrenics.

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