Words of condolences have been offered by Health Minister Alvina Reynolds to the family, friends, and work colleagues of Julius Ferguson – a Guyanese-born construction worker who died while on duty at the new St. Jude Hospital construction site in Vieux Fort on Tuesday, July 15.
Reynolds visited the site on Thursday, July 17 to meet with workers and contractors to express her sympathy on the loss of their colleague while providing words of encouragement as well, according to a release.
The minister also extended the services of her ministry to provide counselling for any staff member on the site who may be having difficulty dealing with the tragic death of their long-standing colleague.
Furgerson 50, of Doe Carmel, La Resource, Vieux Fort received a cut to his throat from a small grinder.
Reynolds speaking to media said: “It is a very traumatic event, I am sure, for the workers that were on site at the time and I am sure that all is being done to support them through this time. I am very happy that the debriefing sessions have started, that we have professionals here who are on call with them to walk them through every moment… and that is my concern really.
“So as a ministry we take psychological and mental health very seriously and we want to ensure that all the workers including supervisors, contractors and consultant and all persons associated with the project at St. Jude Hospital, get the necessary debriefing, assistance and support that they need,” she added.
Reynolds said she is pleased with a decision to close the site until July 28 “so persons do have a time to be with family and friends at that time to kind of go through that process of healing.
She anticipates that when workers report back to work, “professionals will be there to help them take the first step back…”
She also expressed sympathy on behalf of the St. Jude Hospital.