The Couva Medical and Multi-Training Step Down Facility.

Late meals have again become an issue at the Couva Medical and Multi-Training Facility.

In an interview with Guardian Media, the patient, who asked not to be named, said they are not being fed on time, a complaint also made in March by the first group of COVID-19 patients at the hospital.

“Breakfast reaching 10 o’clock and breakfast is one hops bread and they brought hops bread the other day with baked beans, but who does get up on a morning and say they going to make bread and baked beans,” the patient stated.

The situation, the patient lamented was unacceptable especially since children are being treated at the hospital.

“And, then lunch coming around 3 pm and dinner reaching all after 7 so if food reaching that hour then that is the time the children eating,” the patient added.

Apart from late meals, Guardian Media was told patients have to wait a long time before they get medication as simple as a Panadol tablet.

Another concern for patients is sanitization of the facility.

The patient said that even with four persons being treated in one room, the space is not cleaned regularly nor are they allowed to get fresh air.

“They not treating you for anything here, they just have us quarantined here to prevent spread of it,” according to the patient.

At Camp Balandra, a patient, who also asked not to be identified, complained about unhygienic conditions at the facility.

Videos and pictures sent to Guardian Media show dead insects and dust scattered across the bathroom area and bedroom floor as well as woodlice on the bedsheets.

The patient, who was sent there from the Couva hospital since last Friday, said it appears the facility has not been cleaned in months.

Not only are the rooms too small to house two adults, but the patient also described the beds as “children bunk beds”. This the patient told us is a major concern as many of them had not been tested and those who were tested have not yet received their results posing a risk of recovered patients becoming re-infected.

Efforts to get a response from Health authorities failed.