Martinique airlifted six patients who are severely ill with COVID-19 to Paris on Saturday night, bringing to eleven the number of infected individuals who have been flown to the French capital since July 31.
The six patients, who left aboard a special Air Caraïbes flight, were accompanied by 22 caregivers including emergency doctors specializing in medical evacuation, local reports say.
According to RCI FM, Martinique officials hope the transfer of COVID-19 patients to France will intensify to the point where there will be two weekly flights, each carrying eight infected individuals.
A rapid upsurge in cases of the virus in the French Caribbean territory has put pressure on the local health system which is struggling to cope.
Martinique 1ere quoted the Director of Martinique’s Regional Health Agency, Jérôme Viguier, as indicating that by transporting patients to France, Martinique’s overwhelmed University Hospital is making space to accommodate others who need health care as the country grapples with a fourth COVID-19 wave.