The Management of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in a statement today said that GPHC has launched a thorough investigation into the death of teacher Shonnata Rowena Sawh. Relatives of Shonnata Rowena Sawh, since her passing, have accused the hospital of negligence. Sawh, of Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara was a primary school teacher, at the village’s primary school.
The statement noted that Ms. Shonnata Rowena Sawh underwent cholecystectomy surgery at the GPHC and subsequently died on Friday, November 18, 2022. According to GPHC, upon receipt of this information an investigation to ascertain the facts surrounding the patient’s care and subsequent death has been launched. According to the statement, careful review of the timelines in the patient’s records indicate that the patient was admitted on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, for the elective procedure with underlying morbidities which her team ascertained were sufficiently controlled to allow medical clearance for the procedure.
On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, Ms. Shaw underwent what was described as an uneventful surgery, recovered from anesthesia, and was transferred to the wards for further recovery as per the standard operating procedure. On Thursday, November 17, 2022, the patient’s condition started to deteriorate to the point where ICU care was required. Subsequently, while receiving care in the ICU the patient succumbed on Friday, November 18, 2022.
The statement by GPHC also indicated that ‘GPHC remains committed to a thorough investigation; where action is required, we are committed to acting swiftly on the recommendations of that investigation. Additionally, we remain committed to providing any support and information to the family of Ms. Shaw as they mourn her unfortunate loss.