Amid cries from medical professionals attached to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre about drug and staff shortages at the medical facility, the Public Health Ministry has outrightly refuted this accusation.Director of Regional and Clinical Services, Dr Kay Shako denied that there is a drug shortage while noting that supplies are to be replenished in the near future.“There is no critical drug shortage. Presently there are six medications: calamine lotion, unsterile gloves, sterile gloves, salbutamol inhaler, beclomethasone inhaler and insulin syringe which are soon to be replenished”, Dr Shako said in a missive to the media.She also debunked the employees’ plights of staff shortage claiming “Managers of the health facility are provided with the scope and supportive supervision needed to improve health service quality and efficiency, through innovation and the reinforcement of protocols for the equitable dispensation of governance and administration at the Centre.”However, the optimum human resources to function effectively was not mentioned, but rather the services that are offered.“Our staff complement receives Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support training annually, especially staff in direct provision of emergency care and services. Ninety-five per cent of nurses and doctors have been trained in BLS.”“The Centre offers electrocardiogram (ECG) in both the Emergency and Outpatient departments, with an average of 20 ECGs are done daily in both departments with a monthly average of over 1000 patients receiving this service”, the Director added.This release was issued days after nurses at the facility reached out to Guyana Times complaining that all of the operations of the hospital are being done by only a few of them, who are left to multitask and are forced to work long hours beyond their shifts in order to get the work completed.One of the nurses, who wished to remain anonymous due to fear of victimisation, told this publication that a majority of the staff of the hospital have been migrating to England through agencies soliciting medical personnel for overseas jobs while others have sought transfers to escape the “stressful” environment at the Diamond hospital.“A lot of the nurses gone away to work in England and others are seeking time off to study at University, and others are taking transfers because they can’t continue to work at Diamond. This place is like a slave camp with no proper facilities to carry out the job. It’s just a few of us doing all the work. It’s like one person doing four persons’ job. We don’t even have basic medication to give to patients. It’s a very ridiculous situation here,” the nurse stressed.Further, the nurses added that machines and other vital equipment have been out of order for an extended period of time despite several reports to the administration about seeking repairs.This came on the heels of Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence, recently boasting of her Government’s commitment to improving access to primary healthcare to all of Guyana. The Minister’s statement comes at a time when the healthcare system is experiencing the longest and most widespread shortage of drugs in recent history.Furthermore, the credibility of the public hospitals is under much fire owing to the alarming number of reported deaths of children and newborns.