Worrying bacteria affecting QEH

Minister of Health John Boyce says the growing misuse of some drugs and inadequate hand washing are posing a “serious health care challenge” at the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), where unwanted bacteria is now prevalant.

Addressing a ceremony marking the opening of Infection Control Week at the QEH this morning, Boyce reported that “in recent times there has been an increase presentation of bacteria, mainly MRSA [methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus], Klebsiella pneumonia in our critical care settings, especially the high dependency units and the medical intensive care units.

Minister of Health John Boyce.
Minister of Health John Boyce.

“It has been reported that this increase is linked to antibiotic misuse and inadequate hand washing on these units,” he added.

The Minister of Health said that the increase was recorded despite continued surveillance by the QEH’s Infection Control Unit.

“We recognize that the prevention methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus transmission and infections is a serious public health challenge with which our health system is grappling. The Ministry of Health in its determination to overcome this serious public health concern has adopted and multipronged approach to the management of infections that in time will minimize the burden it poses to individuals, families, our societies and the serious drain on public health finances.”

He also assured that the hospital was taking steps to address the situation, adding that “the implementation of the programme will have no upfront cost to the QEH.

“The pogramme, which will be supplemented pharmacology and medical students will develop and maintain an approval process for criteria managed antimicrobial drugs and non-formulary drugs with the objectives of optimizing antimicrobial drug effectiveness,” Boyce explained.

9 Responses to Worrying bacteria affecting QEH

  1. Danny Clarke Colombian
    Danny Clarke Colombian October 20, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I feel sorry for who can’t afford private medical care and even mental issue care. Hospital in a mess , Mental hospital in a mess and these the same ppl that always hinting on payment for these services coming soon. I say u want us to pay give us something worth paying for.

    • Danielle Reid-Melillo
      Danielle Reid-Melillo October 20, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      You mean private overseas right? If anything goes wrong you are taken to QEH. So unless you are hoping on a plane or air ambulance it’s the same.

  2. Sisi Kitty Greenidge
    Sisi Kitty Greenidge October 20, 2015 at 9:12 am


  3. Divine Duchess
    Divine Duchess October 20, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Oh great after all that is wrong at the hospital… To top it off there’s some kinda bacteria creating more problems??? Which government official goes to Qeh again….ooopppsss NONE so i guess only poor people like me have to worry smh. God forbid i get sick, i have to sign my death certificate and just ask them to push me straight in the morgue! #killurselves

  4. Danielle Reid-Melillo
    Danielle Reid-Melillo October 20, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Best time to prevent disease and live a healthier lifestyle. Forget the fast food for good and exercise. Plant your own organic food and start up some more farmers markets.

  5. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer October 20, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I never used to hear bout anything like this in our Institution. The Most High be with us.

  6. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne October 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I know of a cleaning product that would seriously help. But if I ship a case I know it’l probably get caught in customs red tape.

  7. Honest October 20, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    What cleaning product is that @ Joel C. Payne?

  8. lswiltshire October 20, 2015 at 7:38 pm



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