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More Than 100 Pregnant Women With Covid Admitted To Pmh Since Pandemic Began

Princess Margaret Hospital. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune staff

Princess Margaret Hospital. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune staff

By LEANDRA ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

lrolle@tribunemedia.net

MORE than 100 pregnant women have been admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, a top doctor revealed Friday.

Dr Richard Braham, head of PMH’s obstetrics and gynecology department, said 10 of those women have died due to COVID-19 complications, the majority of which occurred in this third wave.

He also warned that there will be more maternal deaths if people do not adhere to the current health protocols.

“Since the pandemic has started, we have experienced a total of ten maternal deaths,” he said. “This is actually quite unprecedented in our entire time in the obstetrics and gynecology arena. We’ve had over 130 persons cared for with COVID-19. However, since this third wave, we have had 74 admissions.”

“So more than half of that, 130 patients, have been admitted ill in the third wave. We have had over three maternal deaths over the past six weeks again. This is a stark reality, ladies and gentlemen. For years, our department and patient load has completely grown the structure that we’re in.”

Dr Braham added: “COVID-19 has brought home the stark reality to all of us that we’ve outgrown where we practice and tried to deliver quality healthcare to women’s health here in The Bahamas and surrounding nations.”

“As I’ve mentioned before, we have seen where we have had many a still birth, many a premature delivery in order to try and help save the mother and try help our colleagues in anesthesiologist and medicine critical care to help us treat these patients.”

“We are hampered by space. We are hampered by staffing. We are hampered by fatigue and mental breakdown.”

Earlier this week, Pan American Health Organisation’s director Dr Carissa Etienne recommended all pregnant women take COVID-19 vaccinations after their first trimester.

She said more than 270,000 pregnant women have become sick with COVID in the region and more than 2,600 of them (or one percent of those infected) have died from the virus.

“COVID vaccines approved by WHO are safe to administer during pregnancy and are a critical tool to protect expectant mothers during the pandemic,” she said during PAHO’s weekly webinar.

“And, while it’s too soon to see the impact of vaccinations on cases and deaths, there are some encouraging signs: In Mexico, where pregnant women have been prioritised for vaccinations for some time, not a single vaccinated woman has died from COVID during pregnancy.”

She said COVID-19 vaccines can also protect newborns.

“A mother who breastfeeds passes immunity to her baby,” she continued. “So COVID-19 vaccines can also help protect newborns from the virus. It is critical that pregnant women maintain the public health measures proven effective against this virus.

“Wearing masks, maintaining social distance, limiting contact with people outside of their households and avoiding indoor gatherings are especially important to keep expecting mothers safe from COVID.

“Pregnancy can be one of the most important and fulfilling times in a woman’s life and a critical period for a baby’s growth and future.

“We owe it to the women in Latin America and the Caribbean to use all the tools at our disposal to protect them and their babies during the pandemic,” Dr Etienne added.

Comments

JokeyJack 1 month, 1 week ago

This has to be a disgusting lie. If true, then clearly those women were not practicing social distancing - so why should we feel sorry for them?

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joeblow 1 month ago

... if these women were pregnant then we can assume they are not hermaphrodites. This suggests they come in close contact with at least one other person, most likely male. That person or the patients may have a job that brings them into contact with other people. There can be asymptomatic spread even if the woman was at home quarantined.

No need to feel sorry for them, doc was just stating the realities he has to deal with!

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ThisIsOurs 1 month ago

Weight and the biological side effects

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ohdrap4 1 month ago

Pregnant women. Have the scan and ask an experienced midwife if you can have the baby at home. NOT A DOCTOR, A MIDWIFE, off the record with no phone.

Just prepare a space at home and let the baby come.

Couple of years ago a father delivered hus own son in Freeport with help on the phone. It was at home, tho it was unplanned.

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tribanon 1 month ago

Yet more scaremongering. We can expect the level of COVID-19 scaremongering to reach a heightened feverish pitch between now and Election Day as Minnis gets all of his minions to assist with his efforts to suppress voter turnout. It's as if Minnis thinks most vaccinated voters are supportive of him and the FNM. This might well explain why so many Bahamians believe Minnis will immediately mandate, yes mandate, that everyone in the country be vaccinated with these novel mRNA vaccines if the FNM wins a majority of seats on September 16.

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Emilio26 1 month ago

Tribanon it's very hypocrital of you to bash the FNM for holding rallies while the PLP are doing the same thing.

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tribanon 1 month ago

And pray tell, who called the national general election in the midst of a wave of the delta variant of the Wuhan virus? Minnis knew full well when he announced the September 16 election date that he was unnecessarily putting the lives of the more vulnerable in our society at risk.

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ThisIsOurs 1 month ago

No its not. The FNM'S benchmark for excellence is not the PLP. Its "good governance". Y'all keep with this they better than the bottom feeders argument

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ohdrap4 1 month ago

@Tribanon: No need for scaremongering, as reported in another online outlet:

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis claimed yesterday that he has been “reliably informed” of his party’s victory at the advance polls.

Minnis was speaking at the Free National Movement’s drive-in rally in Cat Island, and also made the claim later that day at another rally in San Salvador.

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tribanon 1 month ago

And just how many times has he outright lied to us?! LOL.

Then again, it's not beyond Minnis to engage in ballot box stuffing if he believes it's necessary and he can get away with it. And that's truly concerning.

If you're pregnant or over 65, and have one or more very serious medical conditions giving rise to an immune suppressed system, then by all means get vaccinated if your own personal physician advises it's in your best interest to do so. For everyone else, the odds of you getting seriously ill and/or dying from COVID-19 are not much different than so many other causes of mortality in our country today.

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ThisIsOurs 1 month ago

How can he be reliably informed of victory? This man is very scary

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SP 1 month ago

70 Haitians and 30 Bahamian pregnant women?

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Emilio26 1 month ago

SP how did you came up with thise statistics?

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tribanon 1 month ago

You obviously have never visited anyone in the maternity ward of PMH.

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