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Male doctors needed on sister islands during disasters

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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  1. The real Boo says:

    Check the recovery plan to see how much money assigned to shelters

  2. Ms wize says:

    Send emulandu

  3. Brains says:

    Just because the nurse on JVD was allegedly unable to exercise her duties that does not mean it was gender related. Our own leadership did not exactly show its chops in emergency response either, and they’re all men. Should we conclude from that that men should not be elected officials?

  4. Seer says:

    If I rolled my eyes any harder they may as well fallout from their socket. I don’t think it matters whether it was a female nurse or male. Almost everyone was “traumatized” after experiencing Irma. No one who had to escape the winds and or storm surge would have been in a capacity to help anyone. However, I do agree that the outer islands are poorly staff, and this is in fact due to the lack of funding by the government. Irma and Maria also showed how unprepared most government entities were and probably still are – all these meetings, committees, boards and body, and no one had a plan. We are basically 4 months away already from the 2018 hurricane season and I’m sure no planning has begun.

    • break says:

      to Brains and Seer… give the man a break…. I thought the same way but because I know the person behind those words …..I give him a break.

  5. silly says:

    Ignorant gender bias! please educate yourself and join us in the 21st century!!!

  6. Sides says:

    He has a point, it may need developing but it is a valid one. We need to stop this emotionalism when certain comments are made and get to the root of the problem.

  7. TurtleDove says:

    I get your point BUT I spent twenty years in the military medical field and I can tell you I have met and worked with hundreds of women nurses and doctors who can do this better than many men. And they were feminine too if you know what I mean.

  8. Saddened from afar says:

    When one has nothing of substance to say, one should keep their mouth shut instead of opening it and making foolish statements and sounding like a fool. Let’s remember, it’s not what is said, but how words are spoken and phrased makes all the difference. Nuff said!!!

  9. Wow says:

    This article would have been best served to leave out the chauvenistic comments. I am appalled. In the midst of a hurricane the strength of what has never been experienced before and which wiped out most of the islands, the fact that one nurse was traumatized and had to fend for herself to escape a severely compromised building in waist high storm surge!!! Any male or female nurse or any male or female doctor under the same circumstances could have done the same. Physical strength has nothing to do with how one may react during 200mph winds and 50ft storm surge when it comes to survival! Not everyone is a hero when it comes to disaster reaction. The truth of the matter is the island should be prepared with an emergency response team of brave souls (men and women) who would volunteer as first responders in situations like this in the future. Perhaps moving medical facilities to higher ground with emergency kits and whatever tools may be necessessary for a response team to get out and conduct rescues in the thick of things. To complain about one person left alone who reacted how the majority of us would is absolutely disgusting. The problem is not because the nurse was a female. Sexism much!?

  10. Really? says:

    It’s character and how well people are trained that this country lacks. Not whether someone is a man or woman. Most people working in education and health and trades do not have any training or clue what they are doing. Surely there is a huge opportunity for kids to go and get training or people to be brought to train kids here to do these jobs properly.

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