Guyana: the health situation remains “very problematic” according to Christophe Robert, the director of the hospital center who calls “for solidarity”

September 23, 2021 by No Comments

The health situation in Guyana remains “very problematic”, said Thursday, September 23 on franceinfo Christophe Robert, director of the Cayenne hospital center, in Guyana, while the department remains very affected by the coronavirus epidemic, with an incidence rate of 498 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and a increase in hospitalizations on September 21, according to the Regional Health Agency.

The situation is “very tense, as we are facing the peak of the wave”, emphasizes Christophe Robert. Cayenne hospital receives “all transfers” from the rest of the department and is “totally saturated”. The establishment runs at “99% of its capacity”, which generates “unbearable expectations in the emergency room”.

The director of the hospital center therefore appealed “to the solidarity of colleagues in metropolitan France”, because he has to face the lack of“about thirty nurses”. To be able to open additional beds, Christophe Robert assesses the needs “70 health professionals” in addition.

For 20 months, “we are shooting with a staff who is worn out, who works overtime”, warns the director of the Cayenne hospital center.

“We are starting to have a lot of breakage, a lot of sick leave that must be replaced at short notice. It becomes very complicated.”

Christophe Robert, director of the Cayenne hospital center in Guyana

to franceinfo

While waiting for reinforcements, the Cayenne hospital begins to discuss “sorting” patients, “an option that we consider when we have more other solutions”. There is a “ethical reflection” who commits “to define criteria. We will not have a choice”.

Christophe Robert also wishes to encourage vaccination. In Guyana, the rate is “the weakest in France”. This Thursday, “30.3% of those over 12” have a complete vaccination course. And on nursing staff, “50%”, have received at least a first injection, specifies Christophe Robert. “It’s incomprehensible”, laments the boss of the hospital. He is facing a “phenomenon that we no longer understand”. It evokes a “distrust of the population”. “We are far from the goal”, notes Christophe Robert.

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