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PAHO: More than 500 healthcare workers caught COVID-19

More than 500 healthcare workers have contracted COVID-19 in The Bahamas since the start of the pandemic, according to a recent report published by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Since the start of the pandemic, 13 healthcare workers have died as a result of the virus, according to the report, which is PAHO’s monthly epidemiological update.

As of August 20, the total number of cases among healthcare workers stood at 505, according to the report.

Just over 50 percent of healthcare workers in The Bahamas have been vaccinated, according to health officials.

“We have a long way to go, and certainly, there is grave concern as it relates to getting healthcare workers vaccinated,”Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pearl McMillan said last week.

The number of pregnant women who have contracted COVID-19 stands at 101, according to the report.

In February, PAHO reported that 16 pregnant women tested positive for the virus in The Bahamas.

Earlier this month, while appearing as a guest on The Hitback with Nahaja Black on Guardian Radio 96.9, former Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said that “every single delivering mother was COVID-positive” on one of the maternity wards in the country.

“If you look at the national maternal mortality statistics, The Bahamas was doing relatively well with no more than three to four maternal deaths per year,” he said.

“Since the start of COVID, in the public service, we’ve had just shy of 100 pregnant COVID-positive mothers and in the private sector maybe 25 or so.”

Up to that point, according to Sands, there had been six maternal deaths.

The Bahamas is battling its worst surge in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Health officials started to acknowledge the likelihood of a third wave in late March.

The Bahamas reported 8,107 cases between April 1 and August 20.

More than 2,400 cases were reported this month alone.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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