May 24, 2022

Public health France alerts on a level of deaths “never reached” in Guyana

We counted on Friday 130 patients admitted for Covid-19 in Guyana, including 31 severe cases.

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“Guyana had never recorded so many deaths and admissions in intensive care” since the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, alerted the epidemiological bulletin of Public Health France (SPF), Friday, September 24. In the last seven days, “21 Guyanese have succumbed to Covid-19, a figure never reached” added the Regional Health Agency in its daily bulletin. The authorities have recorded since the start of the pandemic more than 250 deaths linked to Covid-19 in this territory of 300,000 inhabitants, a quarter of which have occurred in the past 45 days.

An increase in hospitalizations linked to the epidemic in pediatrics has also been observed for three weeks and those under 20 represent 9% of hospitalizations, double the rate reached in the third wave, according to SPF. If the number of hospitalizations has reached the level of the peak of the third wave in the last fifteen days, it is still below the peak of the first wave. There were 130 patients admitted for Covid-19 in Guyana on Friday, including 31 severe cases.

While part of the population and healthcare workers oppose compulsory vaccination, the directors and department heads of the three hospitals in the region warned on Wednesday September 22 against the generalized risk of “sorting of patients”. “I’m trying to figure out why people don’t want to be vaccinated as we go through increasingly severe waves,” said the director of the hospital in Saint-Laurent du Maroni, on the border with Suriname, an area where the incidence rate rose from 331 to 555 last week (+ 68%).

In Guyana, where one inhabitant in two is under 25, vaccination is still struggling with “30,5 %” of people with a complete vaccination schedule in those over 12 years old, according to official data. It is the lowest vaccination coverage of the French regions, with Guadeloupe. The Minister of Overseas, Sébastien Lecornu, arrived on Friday afternoon in the territory. He will travel to Cayenne hospital on Saturday to ascertain the situation and send a message to the attention of caregivers.