Three COVID-19 patients are now fighting for their lives at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Rhonda Sealey Thomas said the patients were placed in the Intensive Care Unit after their conditions worsened overtime.
“We do have some critical cases right now at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre ICU and we’re hopeful that with the care that they are receiving there that they will continue to improve”, said Thomas.
“It’s mainly because there are having severe respiratory distress and they need the assistance of a ventilator to help them to breathe and to maintain their oxygen levels in their blood to a particular level and they need that dedicated care and support that is provided in an intensive care unit”, she added.
“What happens is that they develop a pneumonia and that affects the way that people can breathe and it affects the oxygenation of the blood, which is critical because all your organs, all your tissues they need oxygen in order to survive so you can understand that is very important that if the level of oxygen in somebody’s blood drops below a particular levelwe have to put measures in place to ensure that the oxygenation levels come up”, she further explained.
She said this is done by giving the patients oxygen and “allowing a machine to breathe for them and that involves very close monitoring”.
The CMO said people who require ventilator supp0rt “is really at a critical stage and that’s why it’s important they have dedicated staff do that and right now we have three persons in the ICU on ventilator support for COVID-19.”
On the other hand, the CMO said the country’s first case is recovering well and government is awaiting the results of a third test.
On March 13, the government announced that a 21-year-old woman who traveled from the United Kingdom had tested positive for the virus.
A second test weeks later again returned a positive result.
“We have since re-tested that person because we were quite surprised when the results came back positive cause she has been doing very well and she’s been asymptomatic”, Dr. Sealey-Thomas revealed.
“We are very hopeful that the next test that comes back for that individual is negative because she is symptom free”, the CMO said.
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If they really are at Mt. St.John’s Hospital they will died. Sorry for their relatives. I’m from Europe and USA, I travel around the world. During my business time in Antigua I went to this hospital twice. I consider this hospital as a third world Medical Center.This hospital doesn’t have real doctor. Maybe fir their ego are a real doctor. They are fake and incompetent. I advise my fellow foreigners if they feel
sick to back to Europe or US to have real doctors and good Medicare
@Matthew in the mean time in England and the USA were you are from with their first world medical centers people are dying by the hundreds and thousdsnds. You need not to worry about our sweet little island of Antigua with our third world medical center and no proper doctors. We shall overcome. One thing for sure COVID-19 is exposing all those ‘First World’ countries and how piss poor their health care system really are.
Matthew, I think your comment is rather hash for an entire staff of professionals. Hope you are highly competent in whatever field you chose in life. Also hope you were successful in your business adventures to Antigua as well. Thousands of around the world are dying from this virus, including Europe and the USA where you are from. Could it be that these folks are dying because there is no real cure for the disease or you are just convince that an entire profession in a country is incompetent? Just asking for a friend!!!
While 2100 a day have been dying in Europe……
Oh please right now the US has been deemed to be a developing country in terms of health care by Eastern European countries so juss lef Antigua and Barbuda alone please and thanks….. MOVE RIGHT ALONG Matthew
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