Monday 28 September, 2020

Ghanaian nurses who tested positive for COVID-19 doing well

Director of Medical Services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), Clyde Cave speaking today at the COVID-19 update press conference.

Director of Medical Services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), Clyde Cave speaking today at the COVID-19 update press conference.

Eight of the nine Ghanaian nurses admitted to the Harrison's Point isolation centre are "doing well", according to Isolation Facilities Manager Corey Forde. 

Speaking to the press today, Forde disclosed that one of the nurses remains under observation. The facilities manager stated that the fleet of 95 nurses who arrived in Barbados on Thursday, July 30, and are being quarantined, were "doing well and in good spirits".

Director of Medical Services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), Dr Clyde Cave, reminded the public that the Ghanaian nurses were in Barbados to solve the desperate shortage of nurses in the island's health care system. He said that the hospital was  "ready to welcome them" once they passed the necessary health checks. 

"Right now we are balancing two things, our COVID response and also the health needs of everyone in the country. Because we have been doing so well relatively speaking with the COVID management the focus has to continue to be on those Barbadians who need our health care.
 
"It is no secret that for some time we have needed additional nurses, not just numbers of nurses but specialized skilled nurses and we have had the opportunity to recruit some of those nurses from Ghana. They are not yet in service looking after any patients because they are fulfilling the requirements as any visitor would be for quarantine, isolation, and the appropriate testing. Once they are clear we’re ready to welcome them to the hospital, we certainly have work to be done." 

The QEH Director of Medical Services also touched on the hospital's health and safety protocols during the pandemic and reiterated that the measures were necessary to protect the staff, medical professionals, and patients of the state-owned hospital. 

"The hospital is not the same as going to a restaurant or shopping. It is a very specific institution by nature of our patients who are ill and therefore we have to protect them, so when you hear that visits and numbers are acceptable for the country as a whole in general, sometimes we have to have even higher standards for accessing the hospital and that is to protect our vulnerable patients," Cave remarked. 

He also added, "In a closed institution, an older institution and a very densely peopled in both terms of medical nursing and patients in the hospital we have to be extremely careful."

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