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Many persons abandoned @ Peebles Hospital since hurricanes- Source

- hospital still serving as a shelter since hurricanes over three months ago
Peebles Hospital is still offering shelter to persons made homeless by hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Damaged homes following the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO
Damaged homes following the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Across the territory a number of facilities made accessible as shelters for persons displaced by hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017 are yet to be returned to their initial purpose as they are still housing displaced persons.

In the instance of the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex, which was not earmarked as a shelter in the first instance but was called upon subsequently, is now being considered a temporary home for at least eight families.

There are also a few churches that are housing persons despite efforts to have the buildings “free-up” to carry on their church activities.

But the situation is of a very different nature at the territory’s main hospital – Peebles Hospital. Senior sources in the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) have told our newsroom that they are struggling with a situation where the observation ward at the emergency department of the hospital is now a temporary home.

“Because a shelter situation is a limited time and for the time we have those persons here it now falls under the tag of a temporary home,” explained the senior hospital staff.

Persons abandoned at hospital since hurricanes

“The problem is that most of the persons we have here have lost their homes and are stuck here even before the hurricane. Some were brought in for care and they were left here since. They have families who would come to see them in the sly and are not saying nothing to us as it relates to getting them to a home or some place.”

The source further said the observation unit where persons are being sheltered is in an emergency unit, making it now difficult for the units to function as intended.

“Right now the department is under severe strain in finding conducive alternate observation space. We cannot put them out, it would be the most uncaring thing to do but we need the families of these persons to move faster in taking their family/relative with them. We know they are not happy here. Yes, they are getting fed and taken care of but here it is not a home and there is no place like home.”

Several efforts to secure a comment from the Chief Executive Officer of the BVIHSA, Paula G. Chester-Cumberbatch, proved futile.

17 Responses to “Many persons abandoned @ Peebles Hospital since hurricanes- Source”

  • Our home is in heaven awaiting for us (30/12/2017, 12:45) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    even though many of us may not reach there. It is indeed a very difficult and tickling situation for many this one. Many maybe in shelters themselves or shackling up with someone or a family and can't house those in the hospital.So many dire situations however let us continue to be our brother's keeper you never know when you will be in such circumstances.
  • Possibly (30/12/2017, 18:54) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Some are immigrants who have now become wards of the territory. In these instances the humane thing would be to return them to their country. It is impossible to give what we don't have.They have another country, their home country which was not destroyed. Their Gov should take responsibility for them.
    • Peaches (30/12/2017, 22:56) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      @possibly well said!
      • If it was you. (31/12/2017, 14:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        How about those that paid tax for years. Who built houses here. And contributed there time and energy here. Where do you want them to go.
    • Immigrant Caregiver (31/12/2017, 02:07) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      So here we go again blaming immigrants /Expatriates for everything that goes wrong in this place. Did the new site mentioned who these people are? The issue of abandoning family at Peebles Hospital/Alina Donovan home have been an so for year. It was even in the news sometime back. The truth is if anyone care to investigate it the persons who abondon their family espicially ekderly parenrts are all from here.. B.V. I. Islanders . Even when they decide to take care of their parents at home they employ Expatriates/immigrant to do so. The horror stories coming from these "employees" of course are "little secrets" so before you start to play the blame game , check your factspam.
    • Local. (31/12/2017, 09:45) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      One question for you.. The. Man in the hospital lobby who was there for nearly 3 months. Was he an expat. most of the elderly who live in the hospital are bvi landers
      • @local (01/01/2018, 16:14) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
        Perfect example which is not comprehended by expats of the Caribbean countries. He is displaced while
        The expats of parasitic mentality is comfortably housed and fed. Exparts who are unable to sustain themselves if they have a heart, would go back home to their country or be deported to their country. It is a matter of survival for the locals.
  • Sky (30/12/2017, 21:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This situation is just sad saw a clip of it on fb.
  • Yes some might very welll be (30/12/2017, 22:28) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    Yes immigrants who prior to the disaster, were paying their taxes to the BVI government as was lawful to do . They were not paying taxes in their home country, but now you want their home country to take them in and take care of them yes? Hmmmmm, use them and abuse them, then kick them out.
    • Say What? (31/12/2017, 05:17) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      But at least its home. This is beyond tax. This is a crisis situation. There are family and friends who can help when they return home. Why be homeless in another man's country when you could be better off in your own place of birth?
    • tretretrete (31/12/2017, 06:47) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      No one in the Virgin Islands pays enough taxes to afford a nursing home stay, maintain the streets schools, jails, sewage pipes and electrical wires, public buildings and parks, etc. You think you pay your fair share of taxes? No one pays any payroll tax until after the first 10k. Even then payroll is at 8% while NHI is at 7.5% and SS is 5% giving you a grand total of 20.5% (which is pretty low considering all the social programs currently in the country and the ones the government is hoping to start in the future). The average salary of a person in the VI is 30k, that means that for a third of the year at least 50% of working people don't pay taxes. (Note, I say working because children, elderly, the unemployed and prisoners pay no taxes but benefit from the system regardless and that's a huge percentage of the population). By the third of the year, through NHI and using public infrastructures, most people would have probably burned through what they would pay in taxes for the whole year. Yet still people have the audacity to go "I pay my taxes." Considering how much a nursing home stay costs in the US grouped with the lost the hospital will incur having healthy person living there (through occupying a bed a sick person could have use, treating nurses like nannies, food and housekeeping) people who drop their healthy family off at the hospital and abandon they are taking more than their fair share and doing a disservice to the community.

      No, you don't pay enough taxes to live a life free of responsibility of your own actions. No amount of taxes you've paid can give you an excuse to abuse the tax payer's dollars. Most people already consume more than their fair share and it's okay to help people when they're down but helping someone when they're down is not the same as giving anyone a free pass in life.

      The money collected from taxes isn't a bottomless well. It can run out if mismanaged. People need to stop this entitled mentality where they think they can abuse the system once they work, even more so once they've worked for government. You've collected a salary (and possibly SS and a pension), therefore you've received your fair share. The government isn't a baby sitter and it's not fair to ask the tax payers to nanny you.
    • ha (31/12/2017, 15:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The pittance they paid in taxes was not even enough to pay for their children education, they and/ or their countrymen stay at Balsum, among other BVI services. Home is where u go when everything run out. This is why there are deportations to home countries. If they won't leave, they should be deported. The BVI is not in a position to extend hospitality to immigrants at this time.
  • rewrsdffds (30/12/2017, 22:29) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Good Deeds (31/12/2017, 05:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    They are some good people and companies Like Haycraft who donated a Million. Like Sir Richard, Like Caribbean Cellars though damages and looted employed empty never laid off one Worker...Like Digicel, Though damaged Service stood strong during the storm, they invested in the community, The hospital where nurses and doctors did 12 and 24 hr shift. they stepped up in a humane and caring way.. We need to Focus more on the good deeds.. So others may follow
  • label (02/01/2018, 09:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lately every time I read something its expats verses BVILanders. This is just more kayos and it’s dangerous for us all.
  • JACK BE STILL (02/01/2018, 20:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is the result of months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, no plans, Laziness, corruption, politrix, no accountability and out dated attics. For weeks the writing was on the wall, all they did was to rotate the officers, keep meetings, and give big talk in the House of Assembly.
  • hm (04/01/2018, 14:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    take them old people home

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