Ian: "What should we do? Alec: "Burn it down, from the inside" - Alec Doomadge, after death of his little sister Adele in Doomadgee hospital in Nth Qld 31 May 2020.
What is wrong with the Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Arth and her advisors? why didn’t she simply respond to the undeniable fact that young aboriginal women are dying in Doomadgee because of government neglect. Go there and tell the people: “This is never gonna happen again … and mean it … put the most competent doctor in charge and begin the process of wiping out rheumatic fever in the Gulf. Fix the plumbing, the housing, the hospital and its racist staff … bring 20th century medicine to the Gulf in the 21st century!
Adele Sandi presented at Doomadgee hospital in Far North Queensland with rheumatic fever. She was turned away by Queensland Health with Panadol. Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that can develop when strep throat or scarlet fever isn’t properly treated. Last Saturday Adele Sandi died having never received adequate medical care.
Rheumatic fever can cause permanent damage to the heart, including damaged heart valves and heart failure. It is now rare in most developed countries where it was once common, but here in Queensland there is a rheumatic fever pandemic among the Aboriginal population because of overcrowding in houses. Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants to subsidise the building industry during Covid-19 but will not spend an extra penny on public housing, Morrison wants all the money to go to private enterprise.
Adele Sandi’s mother tried to get help from the local member, Robbie Katter. She asked the Royal Doctor Flying service to organise transport so that her daughter could get proper treatment from a cardiac specialist. To no avail. The director of nursing at the Doomadgee hospital turned her away.
On the 6th of June 2020 I interviewed Adele’s brother, Alec Doomadgee, at Black lives Matter rally outside Brisbane City Hall about what he had to say about institutional racism in Queensland Heath.
Paradigm Shift have contacted local member for Traeger, Robbie Katter, for his response to the allegations made by Alec Doomadgee about failure of duty of care by Queensland Health.
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