Jost Van Dyke resident Gregory Callwood is calling for a ‘strong’ male physician to be assigned to the sister islands, particularly when there is the threat of a disaster.
Callwood – who is well-known businessman Philicianno ‘Foxy’ Callwood’s son – said the lone female nurse on Jost Van Dyke proved virtually useless to other residents during last year’s hurricanes.
According to Callwood, the building where the nurse was located became severely compromised and the ‘visibly-traumatized’ woman had to traverse through a waist-high storm surge to escape.
“She couldn’t do anything and she was there by herself; scared for her own life. So, on these sister islands, you can be a lady nurse but you have to get a doctor [too]. It would have to be a guy— a strong, sturdy guy who will go out there to help people,” Callwood said on the Honestly Speaking radio programme yesterday.
“When you have a storm like that, you got to be careful who you putting on the sister islands to work,” he said.
Put emergency shelters on higher ground
In light of the impending Atlantic hurricane season that officially begins on June 1, Callwood said having ‘solid’ hurricane shelters on all sister islands is critical.
He said these structures should be built on higher ground. He also said they should be equipped with helipads as well as satellite phones and two-way radios for communication purposes.
Many of the designated shelters were badly damaged last year when two category 5 hurricanes wreaked havoc on the territory.
“We need to put these things in place,” Callwood reasoned.
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