France asks medical staff for help to treat Covid-19 in Guadeloupe and Martinique
On Sunday, the French Minister of Health called on volunteer doctors and nurses to visit the overseas territories of Guadeloupe and Martinique as a wave of Covid-19 infections overwhelms hospitals in two Caribbean islands.
Health Minister Olivier Véran said the first medical staff would fly out on Tuesday, as health officials rush to administer Covid-19 vaccines but face a deeply rooted culture of reluctance to take action. with regard to vaccines.
Only 21% of the populations of Guadaloupe and Martinique have received a first dose of a vaccine, according to the independent site COVIDTracker citing data from August 5, compared to two-thirds of all French people having received a dose and 55% being fully vaccinated.
Hospitals on the islands are giving way under pressure with intensive care beds being occupied in Martinique alone at 200% of their normal capacity.
In a social media appeal, Véran said Martinique and Guadeloupe were facing “an intense wave of infections” that was hitting a population where vaccination levels were too low.
On Monday, metropolitan France will extend its health pass measure to bars, restaurants and cafes, as well as long-distance trains, to help contain a fourth wave of viral infections.
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(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)