A new surge in COVID-19 cases is taking its toll on health services at Martinique’s understaffed University Hospital, with the result that some patients will be transferred to France, local reports say.
Martinique.FranceAntilles reported on Monday that 105 people were hospitalised on Friday including 16 in intensive care.
“The impact on the hospital is major,” RCI Martinique quoted Hospital Director, Benjamin Garel, as saying.
On Saturday, the Regional Health Agency and the University Hospital issued an appeal to medical personnel who have retired within the past five years and other trained professionals to assist in providing health care at the public medical institution.
The situation in Martinique will impact negatively on Caribbean nationals, including Saint Lucians, who travel to the French Caribbean Island for medical attention, health officials say.
According to the Martinique health officials, the University Hospital will only be open to accepting cases of ‘extreme emergency.’