Martinique is in the grip of a major COVID-19 crisis which has seen 33 deaths and 3, 800 cases between July 26 and August 1, 2021, local reports say.
The situation has prompted a renewed call by the University Hospital and the Regional Health Agency for health professionals to volunteer their services to help the Island’s health service to cope with the unprecedented surge in infections, despite the presence of soldiers from the French Medical Regiment who arrived on Monday to assist.
Martinique 1 Ere quoted a nurse who spoke to the online publication on condition of anonymity as saying that patients are dying at home because they can no longer be treated.
As Martinique struggles to cope with a fourth COVID-19 wave, a group of doctors from the Island has joined others from Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Reunion in publishing an open letter calling on citizens of their countries to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
“We hope that this call will enable our people to overcome their fears, disinformation, fake news, and the widely spread scientific untruths,” the letter stated.
It observed that the population of the countries the doctors represent have a major risk of developing severe forms of COVID-19, due to the high prevalence of people who are overweight, suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure or are over the age of 60.
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