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Doctors’ fears mount as COVID cases soar

By LEANDRA ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

lrolle@tribunemedia.net

THE Consultant Physicians Staff Association has again expressed concern over the continued increase in COVID-19 cases that has overwhelmed the nation’s healthcare system.

This comes after the country recorded 228 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and 118 on Friday.

Thursday’s figures represented the highest number of cases recorded in The Bahamas in one single day. Nine additional COVID deaths were also reported on Friday. More than 100 people are in the hospital with the virus.

“The CPSA finds the recent increases in COVID-19 cases and deaths alarming, especially given recent inferences by authorities that the highly contagious and deadly Delta variant may already be in our midst,” the group said in a statement yesterday.

“The impact COVID-19 continues to have on families, livelihoods, and our fragile local and tourism markets should prompt everyone to think and act in a manner which promotes the safety and perseverance of all.

“The health care system and its staff are overwhelmed with COVID cases. This is on top of the trauma, chronic disease, and non-urgent cases seen on a regular basis. Routine medical services have been significantly and negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the measures implemented to fight it.

“The Emergency Orders have been a part of the government’s efforts to decrease the spread of COVID-19. These orders have restricted the ordinary lives of Bahamians and residents and the freedoms we would normally enjoy. Given the recent uptick in cases, unfortunately the decision may be made to continue the Emergency Orders.

“Whether or not the Emergency Orders continue, just as the government and medical institutions have their roles in the fight against COVID-19, so do we as a people.”

Despite the significant roles medical workers play, CSPA said physicians are still not being engaged in meaningful dialogue with government officials on the way forward from the pandemic.

“We again implore the Ministry of Health and related authorities to meaningfully engage the CPSA and other health care groups regarding these measures, their implementation, and their impact,” the statement continued.

The physicians also urged the Bahamian people to keep following the current health measures and warned that fully vaccinated people can still spread the virus.

“The COVID-19 vaccines are a tool in the fight against this virus,” CPSA said. “It can protect you, the individual, from severe illness, hospitalisation or death from COVID-19. If you are unsure whether you want to take the vaccine or not, we encourage you to speak to your doctor. Get the facts as they relate specifically to you and make your informed choice.

“However, vaccinated or unvaccinated, you can still catch COVID-19 and spread it to others. We are pleased that the government has now made the decision to test all persons entering The Bahamas, and hope that this measure will continue.”

Yesterday, health officials reported that 108,506 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. This total includes Bahamians and residents who were vaccinated abroad and registered on the vax.gov.bs platform.

Officials said 62,863 people have received one dose of the vaccine while 47,580 people are fully vaccinated.

To make an appointment to get vaccinated, visit vax.gov.bs.

Comments

JokeyJack 1 year ago

"Despite the significant roles medical workers play, CSPA said physicians are still not being engaged in meaningful dialogue with government officials on the way forward from the pandemic."

Right, so the government ain't been talking to yall and discussing options for the way forward, yet yall here singing from the same government song sheet making the same old tired statements about getting an injection and safety stuff. So what they need to talk to yall for? They already got you right where they want you. Be sure to take a deep breath in between each chorus and verse, just like you learned in Sunday school.

I guess they following the rule "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Go ahead, keep sucking up. How's that been working for ya so far?

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WETHEPEOPLE 1 year ago

There is no way forward, covid has replaced the boogeyman terroist. More freedoms taken away in the name of security.

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whogothere 1 year ago

The only thing more opaque than a 'war on terror' is a 'war on death'

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proudloudandfnm 1 year ago

Look at all the idiots that think they know better than doctors...

We should put up a tent where people who refuse to get vaccinated and get infected are treated by people with a computer loaded with Facebook and Google. They trust them so much? Let em be treated by them...

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whogothere 1 year ago

When exactly have the good doctors been right about any of this..

Was it when Dr Forbes take action or pay on May 5th only to watch cases plummet without serious restrictions?

www.ewnews.com/take-action-or-pay-pub...

Was it when Dr sands said we need "Dracion measures" to get cases lower in April.. only to watch them go down in May without said restrictions?

www.tribune242.com/news/2021/apr/16/s...

Was it Mr Minnis said our masks are like anti viral scud missles against the virus, but it turned it's airborne disease and can't mount a serious defence against an C19.

https://ewnews.com/pm-bahamas-nearing...">https://ewnews.com/pm-bahamas-nearing...

Or maybe when Minnis said it's a pandemic is over for the vaccinated? Only it turned vaccinated spread the Delta Virus just as easily as unvaccinated?

https://ewnews.com/a-population-divid...">https://ewnews.com/a-population-divid...

Was he right when he told people to go to grocery store based on the first letter of their last name?

Was Minnis right to open the country without testing visitors on entry?

Was he right to exempt vaccinated tourists from testing?

Was he right about closing schools?

Was he right to lock people in their homes for months when virus doesn't spread out side?

Was he right to keep people of beaches when chances of spreading in the sea are close to zero?

Did he get vaccine procurement right?

Was he right to scuttle the economy for 200 deaths, rack up millions of dollars debt, when more than three times more people die heart diseases?

When exactly was our number 1 doctor commander and chief right?

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proudloudandfnm 1 year ago

Um. The article was about the views of the CPSA....

Just sayin....

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ThisIsOurs 1 year ago

I agree with whogothere, doctors are not perfect they make plenty mistakes. Its been postulated that the astronomical death rate at the start of this pandemic might be due to the fact that so many people were put on ventilators while only a handful of specialized doctors know how to configure the devices. Its not outside the realm of possibility that next year someone will say, looking back everyone didn't need a vaccination

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JokeyJack 1 year ago

Vaccination and sophistication are the keys.

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ohdrap4 1 year ago

Dr. Forbes said on the radio that "mixing vaccines is allowed."

I could overlook many things but that one shicked me.

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