Health demands drastic measures

by Lucy Charlebois-LaPlante
    Germaine and all of Wilbur County have been without a single fulltime physician since Doc Barlow died five years ago. In that time we have had a number of deaths that might hae been prevented with the early intervention of trained medical personnel. Most everyone in Germaine and surrounding Wilbur County are very well aware of this state of affairs.
    I know that the Wilbur County Board of Health has been actively trying to recruit doctors and nurse practitioners. The Wednesday clinic is a result of their hard work. But a clinic one day a week does not adequately serve the medical needs of this community when the nearest doctor for the other six days is an hour’s drive away.
    I have been doing some research and have found a possible answer to our dilemma. It may not sit well with a good many Germainers, but it would mean that a highly trained medical doctor would be here in Germaine seven days a week.
    Now we all may have quarrels with Fidel Castro, but Cuba has doctors to export. doctors who are willing to work in remote rural areas. Face it, Germaine, American doctors just can’t make enough in our sparsely populated bit of paradise to pay off their huge medical school student loans. Even if we could find a way to help them pay their loans we could never get them to commit to remaining here long enough to make it worth the expense. Doctors require a certain amount of glory, its part of the life-over-death God complex they develop. Germaine is too remote for glory.
    Let’s put aside political ideology for the moment. Long enough to at least consider the option of bringing a highly qualified doctor from a small Caribbean Island to our neck of the woods/desert. How many more citizens of Wilbur County will have to die simply because there is no doctor less than an hour away to treat a rattlesnake bite or bring a child’s fever down. I say hire the red, it’s better than dead.

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