Bahamas: NO LAUGHING MATTER: Health official discourages ‘milk crate challenge’ as hospitals overwhelmed

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As videos surface of Bahamians taking to the ‘milk crate challenge’, in which the majority of crate climbers fall from several feet in the air, Bahamas Nurses Union (BNU) President Amancha Williams yesterday discouraged the latest social media dare, reminding the public that wards at Princess Margaret Hospital are overwhelmed and bed space is scarce.

“It seems to be funny, but it’s not funny,” Williams told Eyewitness News.

“Where are you going to be put? We have a great demand for beds.

“An injury such as a fracture that needs to go to surgery; if you break a bone and need to have a repair, say for instance your tibia or fibula, where you going?

“Orthopedic is the only male surgical ward that is open presently right now because we had an exposure on the other ward that closed down — Male Surgical Three, so we only have orthopedic open for surgical patients and can receive admissions.

“That’s totally full and we’re already short on staff. There is a challenge. People need to be wise at this time.”


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