Faced with a massive fourth COVID-19 wave which has resulted in an unprecedented surge in infections and deaths, the 25-chamber morgue at Martinique’s University Hospital is full and hospital officials have turned to private funeral homes which are now helping to address the problem, local reports say.
RCI.Fm quoted Hospital Director, Benjamin Garel, as saying that currently, five to eight patients are dying daily from COVID-19 at the medical institution, plus patients who succumb as a result of other illnesses.
Garel said that under those circumstances, the management of bodies becomes a real issue because since Monday, there’s no more room in the hospital morgue.
Health officials say that the situation is traumatic for both medical staff, who are already under pressure coping with the dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases and relatives of the deceased.
Soldiers from the French Army Medical Regiment have arrived in Martinique to help the University Hospital to treat patients, while a group of doctors urged members of the public to get vaccinated.