1187 pieces of PPE to treat one Covid-19 patient

1187 pieces of PPE to treat one Covid-19 patient

Minister of Healh Terrance Deyalsingh made the announcement during a press conference on Thursday.

He said the equipment includes surgical masks, N95 masks, face shields, head caps, gloves, shoe covers, gowns and protective suits, adding that it does not include ambulance staff and other workers.

At the conference, Deyalsingh also presented a graph which showed the total number of positive Covid-19 cases and total Covid-19 deaths in the world.

He said after March 18th, there was a tremendous explosion in the number of deaths which shows that the curve is not being flattened.

“That is when your hospital system around the world becomes swamped and demand for hospital spaces, demand for everything – PPE, ventilators, pharmaceuticals, bed space – that is what crashes your system.To date, we have not had that problem, but we keep emphasising so far so good.”

Meanwhile, in an effort to keep the public updated about Covid-19 pandemic and add more layers of information, the Ministry of Health has started a loudspeaker programme in certain areas to get the message across to different communities.

Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh said the message will be delivered to the public in a more personal way, instead of relying solely on press conferences, and traditional and digital forms of media.

“So we have started a loudspeaker campaign which tends to be very very effective and to date we have done some areas in Marabella, Debe, Sangre Grande, Palmiste and so on, and that is going to be ramped up in the next week because we want to reach as many people as possible so that they get the message.”