Jun 26, 2021 News
Kaieteur News – During the last three months, the Ministry of Health has seen an increase in persons being hospitalised with the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. This was announced Wednesday by the Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony during his daily COVID-19 update.
The Minister explained that on average, there are about 80 to 90 persons being admitted into the hospital and a small percent of those persons are being admitted into the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
“So what we have seen, a more severe form of the disease requiring hospitalisation and ICU care,” he said.
Dr. Anthony, while highlighting the increase in hospitalisation, also stated that over the last three months, health authorities have observed an increase in COVID-19 deaths too.
Further in the interview, the Health Minister mentioned that they were able to conduct a preliminary analysis on 202 out of the 458 deaths.
He added that when a review was done on the patients’ comorbidities, out of the 202, 31.7 percent of persons had hypertension; 28.2 percent suffered from diabetes; 6.9 percent of those who succumbed had chronic kidney diseases; 4.5 percent had cardio vascular diseases; 3.5 percent of persons had ischemic heart disease, and those with immune deficiency disease represented two percent.
According to Dr. Anthony, the analysis also revealed that most of the patients that succumbed while being in the ICU were not vaccinated. In this regard, he is urging persons to get both first and second doses of their COVID-19 vaccine so as to prevent admission into the hospital or into the COVID-19 ICU.
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