July 22, 2021
AN increase of COVID-19 hospital admissions is overwhelming public sector nurses who are already strained by "poor" working conditions, Bahamas Nurses Union president Amancha Williams said yesterday.
Data released by Ministry of Health officials yesterday said there were 95 new COVID-19 cases and 92 people in hospital.
Seventy-nine patients are considered moderately ill and 13 are in the Intensive Care Unit.
The number of virus related hospital admissions has grown over the past few days. On Monday, the number of virus cases in the hospital was 83. A day earlier, it was 81.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said an announcement was coming in response to the rise in cases.
“In the coming days I will have more to say about our public health measures and vaccines in response to the increase in cases, mostly on New Providence,” he told people gathered at a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of Margaritaville Beach Resort and Fins Water Park at The Pointe.
“I once again implore everyone to abide by the public health measures.”
In response to the escalating hospital cases, Ms Williams said limitations at Princess Margaret Hospital have made matters worse.
“We’ve been seeing the increase of COVID cases,” she said. “The Prime Minister said the pandemic is over for the vaccinated, but we have vaccinated and unvaccinated in the hospital. Now the question: is how critical they are? That has to be evaluated.”
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