“We are doing disaster medicine,” Professor Hossain Mehdoi, head of the hospital’s intensive care unit, told AFP his voice was tired.
The fourth wave of Govt-19, which struck the West Indies, has the entire intensive care unit dedicated entirely to the epidemic: 46 patients are currently being treated there, and 10 extra beds will be added during the day. The arrival of a military service unit from the Armed Forces will eventually allow the deployment of 20 more beds.
More broadly, as the whole CHU is multiplied by six by the consumption of oxygen, much is devoted to the cov. “The hospital has almost stopped functioning,” the doctor says. More than 250 corona patients are being treated at the hospital. Only the most severely affected are in intensive care.
“This hospital is not designed to carry many patients, we are overcrowded,” explains Dr. Mehdoui, while the Govt vulnerability rate reaches nearly 1,200 cases per 100,000 people on the island.
“Last night 70 patients came to the emergency room, fifty of whom had to be hospitalized and 10 to 20% would go on shifts,” he says.
The professor condemns “unprecedented deaths”, “two deaths a day for a single unit of Shiva”. In the past 24 hours, 10 people have died at the hospital due to the cove – the usual average across the island – compared to 2 to 3 during normal times, the CHU notes.
In a ward room, a 29-year-old pregnant woman had to have a “catastrophic” cesarean at 27 weeks’ pregnancy due to lack of oxygen. The baby’s main prognosis is, very early, “isolated,” and the young mother, under artificial coma, is “life-threatening. If the condition does not recover within an hour, she will die,” the doctor laments.
Going a little further, the 28-year-old, suffering from severe diabetes, was placed on hemodialysis, under general anesthesia. Professor Medouy regrets, “The chances of him leaving are very slim.
In another room, eight caregivers surround a young man and confront him with suffocation help. At the signal, everyone lifts him up, moves him using a sheet and removes his dirty laundry.
The average age of patients is now 48 years. “This is a disease for everyone,” Professor Mehdoui insists.
For 28 years at CHU, he says he “never saw it, never saw it.” “I have already seen catastrophic events like hurricanes,” but they were timely, he insists. “There, we are in a continuous event that requires enormous means and we cannot treat everyone.”
“We are not able to provide optimal care to all people”. “Today, one patient hunts another”. “When there is not much space in Shiv, there is not much space. We have to manage while waiting, and when patients wait, they get worse.
“Mortuaries are full”
“What I expect is awareness of the people, so it will come to our aid,” he said, adding, “This is an epidemic of unvaccinated people.” “We have to get up and the morgue is full,” he said.
In CHU’s death cell, 25 lockers are actually occupied. “In the morning, bodies can wait, because there is not much space, it is tense,” says Dominique Arad-Senor, head of the death chamber.
In the parking lot, the ballet of the funeral directors’ vans runs. They alternately pick up the bodies of dead patients.
Mr Arad-Senor insists the funeral was incomplete “thanks to the funeral directors” and “their response.” Some people sometimes do more than 5 cycles a day.
Each body was wrapped in a sheet, placed in a body bag, then placed in a coffin and previously sprayed with bleach. The coffin is then covered with wood glue and then secured with screws to make it “airtight”.
“This is the first time I ‘ve seen so many deaths in 26 years,” admits Death Room agent Eric Nado.
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