MOH Concerned Over COVID-19 Outbreaks At Health Care Institutions, Spike In Cases And Deaths

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The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs has expressed concern over outbreaks of COVID-19 at health care institutions in Saint Lucia, as well as the continued increase in infections and deaths from the virus.

In a statement Tuesday, National Immunisation Manager Tecla Jn Baptiste observed that since the first reported case of COVID-19, Saint Lucia continues to see its frontline workers such as  firemen, police officers and healthcare workers being affected by the virus.

“Health care personnel continue to be on the frontline of the nation’s fight against COVID-19. By providing critical care to those who are or might be infected, they are at increased risk of infection. Therefore, frontline workers are encouraged to get vaccinated,” Jn Baptiste stated.

The National Immunisation Manager observed that the significant increase in reported cases over the past two weeks indicates active transmission of the virus in the population.

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As a result, she explained that to maximise protection from the virus, and particularly the Delta variant, and possible transmission to others in close contact, an appeal goes out to get vaccinated.

She disclosed that to date, 15.6% of the population is fully vaccinated, accounting  for 28,312 persons having received both doses of the vaccine.

Jn Baptiste said that the Ministry of Health, Wellness & Elderly Affairs appeals to persons living with underlying chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension to take all necessary measures in protecting their health in addition to getting vaccinated.

“COVID-19 infection significantly increases the risk of complications and death. Over the past few days, we have noted fully vaccinated persons with co-morbid conditions being hospitalised with severe disease and unfavorable outcomes,” she disclosed.

Jn Baptiste said both COVID-19 vaccines that are available locally are safe and effective.

“Increased vaccine coverage is valuable to ensuring immunity of the population. In this regard, we encourage persons to access a vaccination site to get vaccinated. Our focus is on getting more people vaccinated at the soonest,” she stated.

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