Principal Medical Officer – Institutions, Dr. Maryam Abdool-Richards is warning that resources to treat COVID-19 patients in the parallel healthcare system will soon be expended.
At Saturday’s Ministry of Health Virtual Media Conference on COVID-19, Abdool-Richards confirmed that 51 out of 54 ICU beds in the parallel healthcare system in Trinidad are now occupied by COVID-19 patients.
Of those 51 patients, 48 are not fully vaccinated.
She said: “Ninety-four of our patients in our ICUs are not fully vaccinated. Overall, the ICU occupancy is 53 out of 59. There are two patients in Tobago, and overall between Trinidad and Tobago is 90 per cent. We are seeing the impact of not being fully vaccinated.”
She said: “We have been observing over the last two weeks that persons are presenting in a status that requires immediate ICU care. As of this morning, there are 19 patients across our traditional A&E centers who require immediate transfer to the hospitals in the parallel healthcare system. Seven of those 19 patients require ICU-level support and care. One hundred percent of these patients requiring hospital care are not fully vaccinated.”
Abdool-Richards added that over the last 12 days the average number of patients requiring ICU care on a daily basis has been between five to seven.
The ICU units, she added, continue to be near full occupancy and the supply of ICU beds is almost equal, or equal to demand.
She added: “If we continue on this trend for the next 12 days, resources will be expended.”