As Covid-19 cases trend upwards in Jamaica the hospitals are bursting as reported, some hospitals are in the Ministry’s red zone as they have more patients than the medical team can manage to take care of, they are over 85% of their general capacity to treat Covid patients.
The healthcare professionals have been monitoring the situation and they also seek intervention so they can manage the situation to prevent an overwhelming of the system.
Two hospitals in the western region of the island are above their Covid isolation capacity to treat Covid cases and many moderately ill and critically ill patients are in this region.
The Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny, as well as the Spanish Town and Linstead Hospitals in St Catherine are in the Ministry’s red zone. The Percy Junior and Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester, the Kingston Public Hospital.
The Savanna-la-mar hospital and the Black River Hospital in St. Elizabeth are over their isolation capacity for Covid cases.
On a positive note, two new hospital facilities might be completed by the end of January and this will ease some of the burdens.
Health Minister Mr. Christopher Tufton said “this trend is worrying and the people in the western parishes must be warned about the impact on the public health system, he wants to be able to treat people who need treatment and everything is geared towards helping the healthcare sector to cope”.
These reports were given at a press conference recently.
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