After treating hundreds of COVID-19 patients in New York and Italy, Samaritan’s Purse is now building an emergency field hospital in Nassau in the Bahamas at the request of the Bahamian prime minister and has deployed a disaster assistance response team there, the evangelical ministry has announced.
The group’s DC-8 cargo jet transported the 28-bed COVID care center, more than 14 tons of supplies and a team of doctors, nurses, and other relief specialists last week to build the facility, which will be part of Nassau’s Princess Margaret Hospital, according to a statement by Samaritan’s Purse.
“The care center will help expand the hospital’s capacity for patient treatment, which has been strained as the number of coronavirus cases on the islands has risen,” the evangelical charity said.
The hospital had to shut down medical transfers from other islands as it was unable to take in any more patients. Many health professionals in the country have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, exacerbating an already difficult situation.
“Hospital staff are overwhelmed and exhausted as the number of coronavirus patients in the Bahamas reaches an all-time high,” said Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. “Our teams respond to the hard places in Jesus’ Name; this is the right place to go to make a difference in the lives of hurting families.”
With a population of over 385,000, the Bahamas began seeing a surge in cases in July after it had reopened its borders to travelers. There are currently over 5,600 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 116 deaths as of Sunday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The Samaritan’s Purse team will provide infection prevention and control training for the country’s healthcare workers as well as support the establishment of IPC programming in associated medical facilities.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar