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QEH Battles Ash, Prepares to Handle Possible Rise in Respiratory Cases


(Barbados Today) The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) which is still battling the COVID-19 pandemic is now fighting against volcanic ash which has led to a major cleanup at the facility.

QEH’s Executive Chairman Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland told Barbados TODAY that the hospital has been heavily impacted by the ash which Barbadians woke up to on Saturday following the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano in St Vincent.

She said that while staff has described it as mission impossible to keep the hospital in pristine condition while the ash is still falling, management brought on additional help to ensure the facility remains sanitary, which is necessary for patient care.

“It is extremely challenging. I am on the main corridor now where we have done extensive cleaning overnight and when I came in at 7:30 a.m., it was in pristine condition. But during the day, you can see the build up of ash. You keep having to repeat sweeping and dusting. It is like having a coat of fine cement dust across the length and breath of the hospital.

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