Antigua and Barbuda opens yet another facility to care for patients with COVID-19

Ribbon being cut at NTCC

As COVID-19 cases spiral in the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda the government there has opened yet another facility to care for patients with the deadly virus.

There have been at least seven deaths in the last week alone on the island nation with a population of 100,000 people.

With the main hospital there at its COVID capacity, the government had to find new treatment centers for people moderately and severely ill.

There are close to 800 active cases on the island.

The Ministry of Works handed over the Sir Cuthwin Lake Medical Centre (formerly NTTC) to the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment.

Prime Minister, the Honourable Gaston Browne, Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Sir Molwyn Joseph, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas and Medical Director of the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre, Dr. Albert Duncan were the featured speakers at the brief handing-over ceremony.

Also in attendance were Minister of Works, the Honourable Lennox Weston and Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Telecommunications, the Honourable Melford Nicholas .

The Medical Centre/Respiratory Hospital which is equipped to treat 70 patients will also be equipped in short order with three theatres.

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      • Mount St.John is on a hilltop, and is itself an elevated structure. Air dynamics are completely different. Unlike the facility in question, it isn’t ever going to be filled to the brim with up to 70 people exhaling covid aerosols which get pumped out through the air-conditioning system. It only takes seconds for the breeze to blow that infected air into the school and that’s not long enough for the sun’s UV light to kill the virus. So you do the math of having kids constantly exposed to aerosols all day everyday then going home to their families.

    • I was wondering the same thing. Makes you wonder if these ppl are carrying out orders or they are just pretending to protect a nation.

  1. This is a new facility?
    Surely it’s a celebration of repairing the vandalizm of an exiting structure which might open to patients soon.

    Isn’t that what they said last year about it?

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