Jamaica: public hospital’s bed capacity crosses limit amid COVID-19 crises

Jamaica-The Health Ministry reports continuous collapse in healthcare facilities as COVID-19 bed capacity at public hospitals across the nation has crossed the limit of overall capacity.

Jamaica: public hospital's bed capacity crosses limit amid COVID-19 crises

Jamaica-The Health Ministry reports continuous collapse in healthcare facilities as COVID-19 bed capacity at public hospitals across the nation has crossed the limit of overall capacity.

The recent collapse has been reported after a continuous spike in the number of COVID-19 cases across Jamaica, similar to the regular hospital admissions.

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The Ministry stated that during the past week, from January 14- January 20, daily COVID-19 hospital admissions has jumped from 686 to 828.

In addition, the recent trends are disclosing the fact that of the 16,830 healthcare workers, 669 or some 4 per cent have reportedly caught illness due to contagious mutant.

On Monday, the Health Ministry has released a statement stating, “from coming Wednesday, January 19, all public hospitals would be allowed to avail services to emergency care only.”

Additionally, over fourteen (14) public hospitals are in the red alert zone of COVID-19 isolation capacity. Out of whom, around nine (9) public hospitals have crossed the mark of 100 per cent of their COVID-19 isolation service.

The list of the hospitals that have crossed the limit of COVID-19 bed capacity is-

  • Savanna-la-mar
  • Port Maria
  • St Ann’s Bay
  • Annotto Bay
  • Mandeville Regional
  • May Pen
  • Lionel Town
  • University Hospital of the West Indies
  • Spanish Town

The remainder is around 85% capacity, affecting their ability to keep house upon COVID-19 patients.

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Around, Five hospitals are in the red alert zone in relation to general capacity, which clearly shows that these facilities have crossed 84 per cent coverage.

The rest of the six public hospitals are under the category of the amber alert zone, with the usage of over 74 per cent of capacity.

While focusing on the need to get vaccinated, the Jamaican Health Ministry is continuously imploring its citizens to get vaccinated against contagious mutants at any of the over 250 public access points available in the whole nation.