Covid-19: in Guadeloupe, the Pointe-à-Pitre hospital is overwhelmed

REPORT – As in Martinique, hospital services are forced to start sorting Covid patients, because of a dramatic explosion of cases.


Saturation. It was a red rag, waved with each wave of the epidemic on the island of Guadeloupe, where the Pointe-à-Pitre University Hospital is experiencing chronic difficulties, especially since the fire that devastated it in 2017. But this time, there it is. The intensive care unit is full. Completely full. “Technically that means that we don’t have a place in advance to welcome a patient. And that therefore an entry into the service can only be done when there is an exit ”, gently explains Marc Valette, the head of the service.

Normally, the territory has a little less than 30 intensive care beds. “We are now at 67 activated resuscitation beds. It is beyond phase 6 of the Orsan planning ”, said, Wednesday at a press conference, Valérie Denux, the director general of the ARS. At the CHU, 55 beds are open, 12 in the Basse-Terre hospital center, at the other end of the island. And of the 55 at the CHU, Wednesday evening, 44 were dedicated to intensive care

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